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"Captain Corelli's Mandolin"How do the language and classical allusions in this chapter present Dr. Iannis and his way of thinking? In your answer you should: Look closely at the use of language and narrative method

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Ioulia Samouilovskaia. 22.09.05. "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" How do the language and classical allusions in this chapter present Dr. Iannis and his way of thinking? In your answer you should: --> Look closely at the use of language and narrative method --> Comment on the place of issues such as Dr. Iannis's level of education and the importance of the past as part of the island's identity. Already from the first chapter the author introduces us to one of the most important characters of the book, Dr. Iannis. There are several factors that help the writer to present him to the readers. The most important ones are language (including the narrative style) and classical allusions. The diction in this chapter is very difficult and contains a lot of medical terminology. This shows us that Dr. Iannis is a very educated man and that probably most of the people on the island respect him due to this superiority. ...read more.

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This tells the readers that probably the people in the village don't always feel comfortable being around Dr. Iannis. Altogether the style of narration is very interesting, it's an interlace between the thoughts of the omniscient narrator and the thoughts of Dr. Iannis. The images and the classical allusions that the author uses in this chapter are also very important in presenting the new character to the readers. We soon find out that being a doctor (probably the only one on the island) is not the only thing that Dr. Iannis does. In his free time he is writing a book about the island, where he lives. And the reader already feels an intimate connection growing between him, Cephallonia, and its people. We know that he is much attached to Cephallonia, because he cannot write a book about it, without expressing any feelings towards the island. Thus he changes the name of the book from "The New History of Cephallonia" to "A Personal History of Cephallonia". ...read more.

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At the beginning when the doctor is with his patients he seems more or less cold and detached, however when he comes back home we are also shown a different side of him. He is shown as a loving father, who, even if he is not happy with the actions of his daughter, still cannot be irritated by her for too long. "...the goat is fond of you."- Dr. Iannis turned away, disarmed and defeated." - He loves his daughter, and he knows that she is fond of him as well. As we can see the author uses a lot of different factors, which allow him to present the character to us the best way possible. He shines the light on every aspect of Dr. Iannis's personality, helping us to make up our mind about him. By the end we are aware that he is not only specialized in medicine, but also in writing and in history of his island. His activities and his personality attract the readers as they learn more about his character, which makes them fond of him. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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