Birdsong

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  • Birdsong
    • Settings
      • back drop events
        • first setting is the Azaires house- shows the underlying issues
      • foreshadowing
        • family boat trip focuses on life in the trenches. allows you to feel emotion
      • connect emotions
        • red room-passion, lust, love
    • foreshadowing
      • "banks were secured with wooden plank revetting"
      • "scurrying of rats where the earth had been dug up out of the trenches"
      • "decompose into specks of friable soil"
      • stephens visit to the cathedral
        • significant amount of death 'garves row on row" irony
    • time
      • build up of tension- battle of the somme
      • narrative gaps
    • characters and relationships
      • sex scenes between isabelle and stephen
        • 1st: stephen-> isabelle view point- more emotion, finds herself
        • 1st: "she felt connections forged between rage and desire and a particular attentive recognition of herself'
        • 2nd: stephens pov-less intimate more lust. isabelle treats him like a boy. Isa initiator
      • Isabelle and Azaire: submissive, predation, 'business like'
    • symbolism
      • birds- continued presence of nature despite disputes
      • red- red room, period, baby- significant parts of the novel
      • 'flesh and blood' - war, birth
  • Opening
    • Birdsong
      • Settings
        • back drop events
          • first setting is the Azaires house- shows the underlying issues
        • foreshadowing
          • family boat trip focuses on life in the trenches. allows you to feel emotion
        • connect emotions
          • red room-passion, lust, love
      • foreshadowing
        • "banks were secured with wooden plank revetting"
        • "scurrying of rats where the earth had been dug up out of the trenches"
        • "decompose into specks of friable soil"
        • stephens visit to the cathedral
          • significant amount of death 'garves row on row" irony
      • time
        • build up of tension- battle of the somme
        • narrative gaps
      • characters and relationships
        • sex scenes between isabelle and stephen
          • 1st: stephen-> isabelle view point- more emotion, finds herself
          • 1st: "she felt connections forged between rage and desire and a particular attentive recognition of herself'
          • 2nd: stephens pov-less intimate more lust. isabelle treats him like a boy. Isa initiator
        • Isabelle and Azaire: submissive, predation, 'business like'
      • symbolism
        • birds- continued presence of nature despite disputes
        • red- red room, period, baby- significant parts of the novel
        • 'flesh and blood' - war, birth
    • "slate roof plunged in conflicting angles"
      • conflicting emotions, secrets etc
    • "the formidable front door with iron facings on timber"
      • not welcoming like a house should be. secretive. not open to public.
    • "startled by the sound of his steps on the stair case"
      • empty, no emotion, secrets

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