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Write about the significance of protagonists in The Great Gatsby, The Kite Runner and Miss Gee

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Write about the significance of protagonists in the narratives of the three writers you have studied. In ?The Great Gatsby? Fitzgerald uses meaningful absence when describing Gatsby, in order to spark curiosity from the reader and consequently engage the audience into the narrative. Through Nick?s narration Fitzgerald presents Gatsby with a religious solemnity ?out to determine what share was his of our local heavens? and suggests there is something about Gatsby which is intangible to the reader on the limited information conveyed thus far. It shows there is an elusiveness that effortlessly sets him out as special. At the end of the opening chapter Fitzgerald firmly separates Gatsby from the narcissism and ignorance of the Tom Buchanan ?the white race will be ? utterly submerged?, as Nick describes how Gatsby was observing the ?silver pepper of stars? which creates a feeling that Gatsby is a dreamer who aspires to go onto a better life, this instantly envelops the reader into the novel through an interest and adoration of Gatsby. Fitzgerald ensures Gatsby?s reputation precedes him, which presents him as aloof and enigmatic. ...read more.

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Furthermore Hassan uses the word ?agha? when referring to Amir, this is both a term of endearment for friend, and a sign of respect. Since Hassan is a Hazara and Amir a Pashtun, Hosseini could be symbolising Hassan?s race?s subservience to Amir?s, rather than a friendship between the two boys. The incorporation and reflection of culture through the two protagonists broadens the narrative and creates a more engaging novel for the reader. Hosseini?s use of Amir?s viewpoint allows us to empathetically experience his emotions and allows us to identify with the troubles of his childhood. Hosseini uses similes to heighten Amir?s guilt after the rape ?speaking those words was like chewing on a rock.? This language vividly conveys Amir?s emotions to the reader, this allows the reader to relate since we have all had difficulties and conflicts of loyalty during childhood, perhaps not as grave as rape however the connection between the reader and protagonist is still present. Furthermore, Hosseini uses a more reflective tone in some parts of Amir?s speech after Hassan?s rape ?I ran because I was a coward. ...read more.

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Auden describes Miss Gee derogatorily, ?her lips were thin and small? and ?no bust at all?, the rhyme between these two statements suggests both these aspects combine to create a banal overall appearance. Furthermore, Auden only uses one stanza to describe Miss Gee?s appearance which reemphasises the normality of her character, alternatively it could suggest that nobody in society knows Miss Gee ?they didn?t ask her to stay? thus they cannot provide a heavy description of her. Also Auden contracts words ?she?d? which increases the pace of the poem, suggesting nobody desires to talk about her or mention her, showing the isolation of Miss Gee. Society?s treatment of Miss Gee evokes compassion from the reader and also forces us to reflect on our treatment of others, creating a strong sense of morality within the audience. Auden?s use of direct speech ?does anyone care? effectively reflects the profound desperation within Miss Gee?s life, she says ?anyone? suggesting she has dire need of human compassion since this word shows it doesn?t matter to her who ?care(s)?, she just wants someone. These devices all evoke the audience?s empathy which helps to create a more meaningful narrative. ...read more.

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