Re: Ch. 12, Good Friday Fare
I don't think this is a pun either, and it's very foreshadowing sentence.
Gary you have chosen some excellent quotes from this chapter.
This chapter seems to build on the previous chapter.
This quote is especially poignant, it opens a little window where we can observe Matzerath a little closer. Matzerath is the only member of the family who is able to retrieve the eels from the horses head. Although he is fighting back the urge to vomit, he continues. It's hard to tell by this, the way he fights his personal reaction to the eels, whether or not he truly believes in the Nazi party, or if he just wants to belong to something, and be accepted in a group. He certainly is not thought of very well by his family. I think this shows much about his character. He is a follower and wants to be liked, he wants to please. These wants of Matzerath certainly will help him in his chosen path.
As Oskar ages and matures the gap between the realities of the “I” from the man in the institution and Oskar may close a bit. Oskar is now an adolescent, so I would think the memories will become more coherent and more truthful.