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Analysis of "Stealing" and "War Photographer" by Carol Anne Duffy

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Introduction

In the poems "Stealing" and "War Photographer", Duffy presents two very different characters, a thief and a war photographer. Although they are very different in many ways they are both people on the edge of society. Duffy offers a fascinating insight into their situation through exploring their thoughts, feelings and actions. In the first poem, "Stealing", Duffy allows the character to speak about his actions directly to the reader through a dramatic monologue, which has the effect of creating a sense of intimacy. The thief describes himself as a lonely and sad person who needs a friend in his life who is just as mean and sick as he is "I wanted him, a mate with a mind as cold as the slice of ice within my own brain". ...read more.

Middle

In "Stealing" the thief reveals the fact that he is a very sick man with no friends, family or life. "Part of the thrill was, knowing children would cry in the mourning". This is proof of the statement made above showing how sad his life is so he has to make other peoples life's a misery. The reader is also able to question the motives and attitudes of each character because they both must have some reasons for taking such sick and twisted actions. Duffy is asking the reader to make judgements about the characters through showing their weaknesses and flaws and by knowing the weaknesses of the characters the reader is able to analyse on the way the character acts which therefore allows them to have thoughts and opinions about the character. ...read more.

Conclusion

In "War Photographer", meanwhile the development of ideas is more open and realistic. Because in this poem the character is saying things to the reader like they just look at the paper and the next week if somebody mentions it then they don't care anymore "The readers eyeball's prick with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers". The character thinks they don't really care about his work which he broke people's hearts to get for the readers and he feels he is lonely and not appreciated. The structure of both poems therefore reflects the state of mind of the characters. In conclusion, Duffy succeeds in making these characters interesting through allowing the reader to explore their thoughts and feelings. She does this by showing the reader two very weird and sad people and gives them motives to try and make it out as what they are doing is right. Arjun Sian 10 Orange ...read more.

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