We are fundamentally storytelling animals. Our understanding of our own self and the world around us is slated through the narratives we compose. In telling these stories, we recount our experiences and important life episodes. There is a continual shifting in our identities and experiences. The only way we can combine together the scrambled pieces of our lives to construct a unified whole is through these stories. In the context of the novel, the story of narrator’s experiences become relevant and important. The self-reflective contemplation of the narrator helps him find the meaning of his life. His nostalgia, his memory of his past self helps him recount the journey of his personal growth. Old School is an illustration of the narrator’s continual evolution from adolescence into adulthood. The past experiences and the life lessons learnt thereafter have shaped the narrator’s character as a whole. The main objective of the paper is to understand the role of memory in the representation of the self. It also aims to recognize the significance of nostalgia and self-reflection in the protagonist’s personal growth.
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Rabi Chandra Singh. Revisiting the Self through Memory in Tobias Wolff’s Old School. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020; 11(3):190-198. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2020.00033.9
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