Redemption, a Literary Device: Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay

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Redemption, A Literary Device:
Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay
Kathy Ottaway, 020091223
Instructor Esther Griffin
10F Cdn. Literature and Criticism - 01 HUMN2000-10F-11296
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Redemption, A Literary Device:
Hey Nostradamus! Response Essay
Redemption. It is a single word that holds great meaning for both the ones who seek it, and for those whose opinions are the ones to grant it, whether it is an outside party, or a personal satisfaction that must be meant in the case of the seeker.
For this assignment, the concept of redemption as a literary device and/or possible theme of the book, Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland shall be explored and
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This would perhaps signify a heightening of the readers dislike for his character as well. (Coupland, 2003, p.77) There are certainly a lot of faults in regards to Reg. But as stated in the beginning, this is about how redemption was used as a literary device.
Whither Reg achieved some sort of redemption for himself or not, is not the sole question. More along the lines, has he redeemed himself in the eyes of the reader as well?
In the beginning it one would ask of the readers what their opinions of Reg are. In most cases in a general consensus, it could be summed up that Reg could be classified as a Disbelieving Hard Ass. (Please excuse the language) (Coupland, 2003)
Indeed, many readers would come to that conclusion, at least until one gets to the part where a third party out side of the stories central family and situation is introduced, Heather. (Coupland, 2003)
Heather is the later girlfriend of Jason some time after the massacre. At some point during this relationship, Jason disappears.

Like with many redeemers, there is a moment in their lives where one faces a situation or realization that rips away the self imposed blinders and is made to view their inner world, some times slowly, and sometimes in all the harsh ugly glory of faults and for the