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Epistolary Novel

The epistolary novel is an old form of novel that uses letters written by and between characters to tell the plot. In We Need to Talk About Kevin there is only one writer, the mother Eva Khatchadourian, who is writing to her separated husband, Franklin. The advantages of the epistolary novel are that the reader is privy to the private thoughts and feelings of the character-writer; everything – the plot, the setting, other characters and any theme that the author intends – is depicted from their perspective...

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How Is the Opening of Frankenstein an Effective Introduction to the Novel?

opening of a novel is probably one of the hardest things to write. They have to think about the audience, the language and how the introduction relates to the rest of the novel. They need to catch the readers’ attention and make them want to read on. It is vital they do this otherwise the reader may loose interest and not proceed to read the novel. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly has an interesting yet curious and unusual opening, which is in fact a very clever and unique way of beginning a novel. The...

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Romulus My Father

come to feel they belong to each other and to other members of their community in Gaita’s memoir, ‘Romulus, My Father’. It is also true of the way Charlie is made to feel he belongs within his new friendship group at school in Stephen Chbosky’s epistolary novel, ‘The perks of being a wallflower’, and the reason why he had trouble being accepted by his peers earlier in his life. Changes need to be embraced before an individual can belong, as changes and compromises are necessary to establish commonality...

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

off in the narrative as a powerless object and who later on becomes a woman with a strong identity. In setting of the novel is in the early 1900, Jim Crow is the time. Black women were treated poorly by whites and by the black men within their community. In The Color Purple, Walker demonstrates the woman as an object treated badly by whites’ society and her own. Celie is the novels protagonist that suffer a life time of abuse by the stepfather, she use the pain to write to God. Celie is only fourteen...

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Alias Grace

Autobiography * The Shaharaza story * Stories and stories to pass the time to prolong death * 19th ct. style * Comedy of manners * Stock characters * Realism * Epistolary fiction [Letters] * 20th ct. style * Feminist narrative * Post-modernism * Self reflexivity * Post colonial narrative * Being patched together * Levels of genre...

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how does walker use voice to create a sense of vulnerability around celie

In the novel ‘The Color Purple’ Alice Walker uses a narrative voice including a variety of techniques including tone, syntax, lexis and punctuation. Walker uses this range of techniques to represent Celie’s vulnerability. The syntax that Walker uses to represent Celie’s voice is often short, simple and lacking in description. ‘I am fourteen years old’ shows this. The almost constant use of short, simple sentences could indicate to the reader that Celie has a very basic understanding of written...

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Critical Essay on the Color Purple

Walker’s Purple is Not Just a Color Alice Walker’s epistolary novel The Color Purple demonstrates how the mistreatment of a woman cannot prevent her from fulfilling her destiny. The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Celie, is a young, uneducated black girl who is verbally and sexually abused by her supposed father, Alphonso. He fathers two children with her, kidnapping both and presumably killing one, if not both. Because of the unwarranted trauma, she struggles for the rest of her life...

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Exploring Connections Essay

is ironically conveyed when even after Alice’s success, Aunt Fay continues to provide Alice with reading lists; “I hope you don’t think this is patronising of me. You have sold more copies of The Wife’s Revenge in three months than I have of all my novels put together...” The reshaped context between the texts connects movement towards liberation for both Elizabeth and Alice and results in an enhanced understanding of the pair of texts. An explicit connection between Pride and Prejudice and Letters...

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Belonging: Epistolary Novel and High School

Title: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Composer: Stephen Chbosky Source: MTV Books/Pocket Books Date: Published Feb 1, 1999 context: The epistolary novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is semi-autobiographical. it is set in Stephen Chbosky's home town Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Chbosky was working on a "very different type of book" 1994 when he wrote the line ,"I guess that's just one of the perks of being a wallflower." The writer recalled that he "wrote that line. And stopped. And realized...

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The Color Purple Book vs Film

sisters have to face are very life risking Primary Differences:  1. Characters: With regards to the basic turns of the plot, the film is pretty faithful to the novel. However, when it comes to the complexities of the characters, the film sells the novel short. The film presents things in a very black and white manner, while the novel is all about the various shades of gray which exist in the relationships between the characters. For the book, the first person narrative related by Celie through...

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