Posted by RachelE on June 21, 2011
The point of attack in a story is the event chosen to begin the primary action line. There are three options: ab ovo, in medias res, and in ultimas res (Jahn N4.9). A story beginning ab ovo starts with the birth of the protagonist and a state of non-conflict. For a beginning in medias res, the point of attack is set close to the climax of the action, and for a beginning in ultimas res, the point of attack occurs after the climax and near the end (Jahn N4.9). In The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle by Edgardo Vega Yunque, the point of attack in the story begins in media res. The story begins with “the night Omaha Bigelow’s life changed forever” (Yunque 1). The narrator does not begin with an introduction about Omaha Bigelow, such as who he is or where he came from. The story begins abruptly in the middle of the action, and the readers start off the story without any information about this character named Omaha Bigelow. Even after the first line of the story, the readers are still not given any information about Omaha Bigelow and are no closer to figuring out who this character is. The narrator just continues with the action of the plot, telling the readers that “he was thrown brutally out of the Friendly Fire Club on Allen Street” (Yunque 1). Because the story begins in the middle of the action and without describing “the birth of the protagonist” (Jahn N4.9), it can be said that The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle begins in media res.