Voices and Points of View

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    • Tennyson
      • Godiva
        • 'Not only we, the latest seed of Time.../ Cry down the past, not only we that prate/ Of rights and wrongs, have loved the people,/And loathed to see them overtax'd'
          • Addresses reader directly, sets up contrast betw/Godiva + society
          • Exceptional character, does more than most
          • Used to persuade readers to fight for their beliefs
          • Perhaps suffragette movement - present during his time period
            • Used to persuade readers to fight for their beliefs
          • Epilogue = own PoV, inspired personally
      • The Lotos Eaters and the Choric Song
        • 'A land where all things seem'd the same.../And our great deeds, as half forgotten things'
          • PoV = unreliable due to Lotos Flower effects
          • Dulled senses, discourages passivity
          • Repetition of 'seem' suggests perspective = warped
          • 'half - forgotten' easily let old life slip away, ridiculous as such heroic characters
        • 'Then some one said, 'We will return no more;' / And all at once they sang, 'Our island home/ Is far beyond the wave;we will no longer roam'
          • Direct speech used to demonstrate change in emotions + strength/conviction
          • 'some one said' no blame, passivity is result of own actions
          • Through choric song, mariners may be trying to convince themselves?
      • Tithonus
        • 'Let me go: take back thy gift' 'Happy men that have the poer to die.../Release me'
          • Dramatic monalogue
          • Desperation, begging = sympathy
          • But is to blame, naivety
          • Declarative statement
          • T stresses consequences of 'over-reaching', straying from natural course for selfish reasons
        • 'Why should a man desire in any way/ To vary from the kindly race of men...?'
          • Rhetorical Q, must know limitations
          • Taking into account other works, not suggesting passivity, but to not seek to change things for selfish reasons
    • Frost
      • 'Out,Out-'
        • 'And they, since they / Were not the one ded; turned to their affairs.'
          • Blunt, unfeeling, perhaps reflect poets own PoV regarding how in society, people only care for themselves
            • Individualism?
        • 'Call it a day, I wish they might have said'
          • Retrospective narrator, builds sense of foreboding, foreshadowing
            • The reader is wary, they know something terrible is about to occur
      • A Considerable Speck
        • 'Plainly with an intelligence I dealt.'
          • Narration tainted w/narcissism? Only accepts his view as correct
          • Persuades + manipulates reader into agreeing w/his Pov
        • 'I have a mind myslef and recognize/ Mind when I meet with it any guise.../ On any sheet the least display of mind'
          • Ambiguous PoV, comments
          • Perhpas suggests any display of intelligence is pleasing - those who try to write
          • Or could be sarcasm/ cynicism - comment on poets/authors who fail to write
          • Or study in consciousness, either way PoV is open to the readers' interpretation
    • The Great Gatsby
      • Nick Carraway
        • Unreliable narrator?
          • Insightful, ultimately he successfully portrays the differences between the classes and negative consequences for the 'over-reachers'
          • Retrospective narrator
            • Gives hints, foreshadowing Gatsby's death
              • 'it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams'
          • 'I'm inclined to reserve all judgements'
          • 'I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known'
          • Likeable? Change readers PoV regarding Gatsby, do we not like him because Nick likes him? Or do we like him because Nick is influencing our PoV
    • Enduring Love
      • Joe
        • Scientific, logical, analytical
          • 'comforting geometry' 'reassuring clarity' 'mathematical grace' pg2-3
          • Joe is ultimately proved right, does this mean McEwan argues that scientific etc is the best PoV?
        • Unreliable narrator?
          • Guilt - retrospect- what is purpose of writing book?
            • 'I didn't know, nor have I ever discovered, who let go first. I'm not prepared to accept that it was me' pg14
          • Perceives himself to be unemotional
      • Jed
        • Religious view, extremely faithful
          • Attack by McEwan on religion?
          • 'faith is joy' pg245
          • 'his faith should have such reach, into the shallows of his answering machine, into the angles of his prose' pg47
      • Clarissa
        • Artistic, romantic way of seeing things
          • 'Her conviction that love did not find expression in a letter was not perfect' pg7
      • Jean
        • Signifies key theme of misundertandings
          • 'But who's going to forgive me? The only person who can is dead.' pg230
          • She shows a lack of faith, unlike other characters

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