An Act of Rebellion

September 14, 2010 By arne hendriks 2

In The Tin Drum,¬†one of the great postwar literary classics, the protagonist Oskar Matzerath decides to stop growing at age 3. He explains to the reader that since he was born with a fully developed consciousness he could observe adults, and their ways. Since he doesn’t like what he sees he decides not to become an adult. The refusal to grow and his diminutive size becomes camouflage and the materialisation of the refusal to participate in the way things are. It’s an act of shrink activism.