Literary Genre Comparative

Topics: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Citizen Kane, United States Pages: 3 (1985 words) Published: December 22, 2014
The aspects of Literary Genre which I find most interesting in the texts I have studied as part of my comparative course. Every author, playwright and director has their own unique set of tools and techniques when it comes to literary genre. This means that every story is told a slightly different way, though many share the same key features. As part of my comparative course I have studied The Great Gatsby [GG] by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film Citizen Kane [CK] directed by Orson Welles and the play Juno and the Paycock [JP] by Sean O’Casey. GG is a fictional novel, CK is a mystery-drama, and JP is a tragi-comedy. In this essay I will discuss the aspects of literary genre that appealed to me the most, including, the point of view from which is the story is told, the way each of the text is ordered, and the characters, setting, dialogue, imagery and symbolism in each of the texts. In GG Nick narrates the novel in the 1st person, he implies that he is the novels author. Nick is also an active participant in the story, he is the readers’ eyes, but he must also be interpreted by the reader as he is one of the main characters. Nick seems to have the ideal perspective as a narrator, he is well connected but still an outsider, “I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled”. Similarly in CK our narrator, Thompson, is an outsider, however he has absolutely no connection with any of the characters. We discover a lot about Nick over the course on the novel, GG, as he is a self-conscious narrator and tells us about himself. However, we know no more about Thompson at the end of CK than we did in the beginning. We never once see his face and he is always standing in shadow, this makes us question his trustworthiness as a narrator. Thompson is however the more trustworthy of the two narrators, he is completely objective. This contrasts with Nick who, despite his claims otherwise, is intolerant and judgemental, and through his style of narration he encourages...
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