Waterland - Men, Women and their Relationships

This is an essay I wrote on Tom Crick's portrayal of men, woman and their relationships. It is to inspire, inform and broaden perspective. It would be useless to copy and paste...

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Waterland by Graham Swift is a fictional novel written in the form of an autobiography. The
fictional character Tom Crick narrates the story, consisting of history (both existing and made up),
his past (his adolescence) and his very recent past and/or present. The reader experiences the story
through his eyes,…

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passionate Catholic, believer in the supernatural, visualises his daughter almost as an angel. This
angel is wilfully impregnated and painfully rendered barren through abortion, very unangel like.
Neither Ernest, Harold nor, by the end, Thomas get their visions fulfilled because they rely on or
believe in the supernatural.
The narration…

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The narrator Tom Crick places a lot of importance on women throughout the story he is telling.
Though the majority of important characters are in fact men, the occasional important characters
who are women end up having more importance than each of the main male characters. In the
chapter "About…

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It seems that woman visionaries, contrarily to men, must be linked with some supernatural element.
None of these women dream of some artificial addition to the land, with positive financial purposes
­ they have visions, from God, from some power, that come true. But where one can see a
consequence…

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As two main themes of Waterland are men and women, it is only natural, as they are not separated
physically, that there should also be the presence, if not the presence of the theme, of relationships.

It is a well known fact that an outstanding majority of relationships between men…

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becomes jealous, Sarah receives "a knock on the head"p103. After Tom and she have sex, Mary has
to deal with a painful primitive abortion.
This is what people get out of sexual relationships. There are positives and negatives, love and
hate. "The waters rise: the waters return"p103, these relationships are…

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storyline, but one cannot create a story without a setting. The setting in the book is also of vital
importance, and this is marked by the oxymoronical title of the book itself: Waterland.




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