Harold James (Hal) Incandenza

Our nominal narrator and (anti?) hero. Aged 17 during much of “the action” of the story, the events during YDAU. Left-handed.

I cannot make myself understood.

Novel opens with Hal’s first-person narration. November in the Year of Glad, down at the University of Arizona; his smile is more of a grimace, his words are incomprehensible.

“I ate this.”

RE: mold (Weston, MA) – as a child

“I am not what you see and hear.”

C.T. on Hal:

“He’s fine when he’s by himself.”

(Hal as introvert? introducing a theme there?)

Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad

That’s Webster’s Seventh. That’s not the O.E.D.

LATER THAT SAME YEAR

something smells delicious

Hal’s Grief Therapy

Year of the Perdue Wonderchicken

…case-study in the eschatology of emotional appeals.

(pp. 414)

re: Hal’s paper on advertising (esp. w/r/t/ V+V ad spots for NoCoat tongue scrapers)

Year of the Depends Adult Undergarment


Textually: passages / sections that are “first person Hal” (w/r/t/ POV) are sections where Hal “cannot make [himself] understood”; example:


THEORY: Hal as HAL