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A Comparison Between The Characterisation Of UncleErnest And Miss Havisham

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A Comparison Between The Characterisation Of Uncle Ernest And Miss Havisham Social outcasts should be stamped out. This is the law which society has and contniues to rule us with, one which both authors challenge with equally powerful pieces. Personal tribulations have frozen time and sense of progress for the two main characters, thus creating a 20th century parallel to a prejudice society. The difference between what the author tells us about the character and what he implies about them founder a much more complex sort of characterisation. This statement applies more obviousley to Uncle Ernest, where in several areas the audience are presented with parts of description which could be interpretted for their sinister connotations. In effect, we ourselves are made to wonder the intentions of Ernest. For example, noticeably on the first line he is described as a "middle-aged man wearing a dirty raincoat" which is certainly no crime but has connotations which present him as a seedy, sinister character. This is implied and we are made to feel in such a way towards him. He also emerges from a "public lavatory", certainly not painting a picture of a normal person who the reader would instantly warm to. ...read more.

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To the extent that his visit to the cafe is almost a battle personified, like a routined drill, the fear he felt years ago is regurgetated. To the way he "instincly lowers his head when he enters, to his ritulal eating. The ritual eating procedure at first told me that eating is something he uses for idulgence and one of the few ways he now gains some sort of fufilment.But at closer examination it becomes clearer that he infact incredibly dislikes eating. I can almost see a look of disgust on his face as he devores his meal, like a soldier at war. As though it was a duty of sorts, something he has to do ; all he has left to do. The way he does everything so precisely conveys how he is engrossed completely in what he is doing and presents an obsessive nature which is often present in lonely people. The way he "took up the knife with the sharp clean action of a craftsman" and made each "geometric cut" also makes links with his profession. It is very powerful scene and could make an extremely tremendous piece of film it were directed correctly. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because time is frozen in both pieces, the two characters appear to be existing rather than living, with no goals, the future is irrelevant. Ernest and Miss Havisham both expirience different kinds of lonelyness. Ernest is alone, but in no way "accustomed to lonelyness". I think his sense of time and concept of "the future" is distorted because he doesn't feel he belongs there and according to his two ingrained philosephies, he truly beleives he should be dead with his friends. Ernest has been written as a third person narrative ; Dickins as a second person narrative. Although the Dickins' despcription is very detailed, the repetative "and...and..." of the third paragraph re-inforces the child like view point (Pip's memories of his childhood). Other simple comparisons like "but her hair was white" which also contribute to the longer sentences also add a sense of seemingly "imature, raw" account of what Pip expiriences. I think both Sillitoe and Dickins deal with the theme of lonelyness in very different ways. Dickins is more subtle and therefore perhaps more clever ; he also incorporates humour. Sillitoe's piece is much more powerful with some tremendous pieces of description make an extremely vivid account. ...read more.

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