The Ghost Road chpt 2

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    • Rivers 3rd person narrative is unrealibale
      • His memory could be shaped by what he thinks happened
    • The intertextuality of 'Alice and Wonderland' could symbolise the madness of war or madness of the soliders
    • "'Come on Captain McBride, drink up.' Sister Roberts said, crackling past. 'We've not got all day you know'" Page 18
      • Irony at the time it was set: women are in charge of the men
      • Female characters glance in and out throughout the novel
    • Moffet can't move his legs: physcolognical
      • Moffet tests Rivers sympathy page 20
      • Had a fainting fit on the way to the front due to the noise of the guns
        • Emasculated
    • The method River's uses to treat Moffet links with the theme of ceremony
    • "Evidently snakes had lost the right to be simply snakes" page 22
      • Phalic imagery
        • Snake symbolises the devil
        • Freudian Theory
          • Rivers is aware of the theory
        • Could also symbolise masculinity
    • Rivers doesn't like Charles Dodgeson
      • Might just be Barker implying that idea
      • Theory Lewis Carroll was a pedophile
    • "father caught the snake in a cleft stick and threw it far away" Page 22
      • Symbolic throwing away masculinity
    • "A good deal of innocence had been lost in recent years. Not all of it on battlefields" Page 23
      • Social changes: Suffragettes, Labour Party in power for first time
    • Page 24/25 description of Rivers actions
      • Metaphor of the White Rabbit
        • Rivers leads men back to war like the White Rabbit
      • After youth you repeat the same pattern over and over again
    • Wansbeck murdered a prisoner of war
      • Had no way to defend himself
        • Haunted by what he's done
      • What's the difference from killing an enemy soldier in battle and killing an enemy away from battle?
      • The description of what he did on page 28 shows he feels no pride in what he did
        • Goes against the propaganda shown to men in Britain
    • To write about River's past Barker is relying on hindsight
    • "'How long have you suffered from homosexual impulses?' A quick casual glance, but Wansbeck couldn't disguise his anger." Page 30
      • Shows how society at the time felt about sexuality
    • Chapter shows how events in the present tense trigger Rivers memories of his childhood

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