The Go-Between

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  • The Go-Between
    • AO3 CONTEXT
      • L.P Hartley is upper-middle class and lived in a country estate
        • He is homosexual
          • During WW1, he went to Oxford to learn historic literature
            • TGB is a biography- based on childhood trip
      • Victorian era
      • Year: 1900 - time of hope & uncertainty
      • Boer War
      • Epilogue/ Prologue = had been 2 world wars
      • Patriarchal society -role of a woman
      • Middle-class wealthiest due to industrial revolution but looked to upper-class, hereditary
        • Can marry into upper-class to raise family's social ranking
      • Family influence + expectations to marry well
      • Contrast between date of Leo reading the diary & time of story - naivety & adolescence deteriorates with Leo + society
    • AO1
      • Themes
        • Loss of innocence
        • Love and jealousy/ guilt
        • Sexual love/ passion
        • Paternal/ maternal love
        • Class
        • Marriage
        • Death
      • Ms Maudsley treats Marian as a valuable commodity
      • Star signs
        • Marian = virgin
        • Trimmingham = the archen
        • Leo = lion
      • Characterisation
        • Marian
          • Manipulative
          • Victim - society
          • Beautiful
            • Belladonna - poisonous
        • Ted
          • Victim
          • Water-carrier
        • Leo
          • repressed
          • naieve
          • father-less
        • Marcus
          • spoiled
          • sheltered
          • mummy's boy
          • sly
          • rude
        • Ms Maudsley
          • social climber
          • jealous
          • status
          • controlling
        • Trimmingham
          • Solid
          • brave (war)
          • upper-class
        • Leo's mother
          • Psychologically significant
    • AO5
      • Brandham hall is beautiful from the West but from the back its crumbling - facade
      • Psychoanalytical approach: Leo's attitude towards his mother is idealistic due to Jung's mother complex: Leo idolizes his mother as the perfect woman so he copies her language style "she had two phrases, wrong and very wrong"
        • Negative mother complex = want to be nothing alike - Marian & Ms Maudsley
      • "Dream" as wish fulfillment = Frued
    • AO2
      • Diary = symbol of Leo's memory - so much has been repressed
      • Narrative structure
        • Framed narrative
          • Prologue/ epilogue - narrated first person by adult Leo
          • Perspective on the effects of what has happened
        • Flashback (analeptic narrative)
          • Perspective from a difference
          • Consider "real" and "imagined" memories - "the past is a foreign country they do things differently there"
          • Repressed memory (Freud)
      • Time & Place
        • Norwich
          • Escape
          • Leo falls in love with Marian
        • Greenhouse
          • hot, intense tension
          • Can be seen
          • Belladonna
        • Brandham hall
          • Rules
          • Old money (own
          • New money (rented)
          • society
          • chapter 2 beginning - facade
        • Ted's farm
          • masculine
          • danger - gun & haystack
          • freedom
          • no rules (leo's fall down the haystack)
        • River
          • Borders Hall & farm - Ted = watercarrier
          • lust
          • water = always sexual
          • Nature
          • Untitled
        • Cricket pitch
          • microcosm
        • Chuch
          • society

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