First comes first, duration plays a key role in Paradise of the Blind. Duration helps the reader better understand significant parts of the story and helps emphasize great meaning. Duration is overall the time span it takes for a certain event to occur and the amount of time during the event that’s taken place.
Duration can also be applied in many ways, In chapter 41, lodge addresses the point that duration is “measured by comparing the time events would have taken up in reality, with the time taken to read about them.” This gives a reader a sense of imagination of what the event is vs. the reality of it. The reason this is significant and applies to the book is because it impacts the narrative tempo, which is ‘a novel that is either fast moving or slow moving’. This time frame influences the story because if something very important has occurred over the span of a few years which is then summarized, it would present an image of overlapping reality vs. illusion of the event.
This also than ties into and impacts the time span of how the novel moves rapidly from one crisis to another, giving the reader a sense of suspense. This is due to the short amount of time a conflict takes up, when in reality it is supposed to be much longer than what is presented in the novel. This appears to be very crucial because if a certain event in a book is summarized, and other events aren’t, then that certain event would withhold something significant that others don’t. Many examples of this is portrayed in Paradise of the Blind, presenting a greater story with an underlying meaning.
An example of this is on page 101 when Hang staates and says, “ Spring came and went. Summer passed.” Seasons take up a long period of time to pass by, as well as the changes in weather. However, this long time span was summarized into one sentence which presents that the meaning behind it is either significant or not. The reason for this being is because there could be a hidden underlying meaning that is left unsaid, or something that is not very significant which is why it was summarized. This meaning that there is a greater meaning behind what is left unsaid, and what’s behind the unsaid has the greatest potential of all.
Moving on, another example is when a time shift occurs in both the chapters 11 and 12. The realization of the current events overcome what has happened in the past. There are many pages in chapter 11 that explain the current events, however only a few that represent what has occurred in the past. This signifies the importance of the present and future, leaving out what has happened in the past. The realization of the present creates an image of reality in order to focus on what’s happening now or what’s going to happen in the future rather than dwelling on past events. This is important because what is yet to come is strongly held in both the present and future and hang has come to the realization of reality.
Overall, As you can see from what is mentioned, sometimes things are better left unsaid nor explained. Things are better left unsaid at times which signifies the events that have taken place in this novel. The question that remains is that why is it known that when an event is summed up, it doesn’t appear to be very significant. What if there is a story behind the truth, and it was thought to be that the truth is better left unsaid. There could be a whole nother story that leads into the dimension of ambiguity leaving the reader to think about why certain things were left unsaid or when events moved rapidly with no sense of explanation. This leads to the point that sometimes things are left unsaid because in the end, the lies will always cover the reality and truth.