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Extract From the Novel "Back" by Henry Green

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Extract From the Novel "Back" The relatively old extract from the novel "Back" was written by Henry Green in 1946, is an exploration of a young man had been sent home from a prisoner's camp, and comes home to find that his wife is dead. Green graphically portrays a picture of the events taken place throughout the extract, a sorrowful image. The reader develops a mature appreciation towards the extract through Green's skilled employment of imagery, tone and structure, hence successfully creating a mood enabling the author to discuss the events. The opening of the extract begins with the mention of the setting and location of detail. From the mentioning of 'A country bus up below the church...' and 'it was a summer day in England', we deduce that the poem is originating in a rural setting. We can further presume it is of English background, due to the allusions to England and the reference also to the country. To narrow down the main setting of the extract the narrator has mentioned the detail of the setting through the words such as 'gravestones' and 'church tower'. ...read more.


This statement also has another meaning. Seeing how the all the events throughout this extract are of blood and death. This description is a reinforcement of imagery to build up on the readers. Green continues with the portrayal of imagery, but now with the use of similes, which aid in the appreciation the readers have towards the extract. The simile '...when came a sudden up thrusting cackle of geese in a panic, the sound of which brought home to him a stack of faggots he had seen blown high by a grenade' has a duel purpose; firstly and most apparently it describes the memory in which the character had of stack of faggots (a bundle of sticks tied together) which were blown up with a grenade, secondly, this explosion presumably resembling the loud cackle of geese in a panic. The narrator has also used another useful and effective literary device, personification, which aid in the appreciation of the poem. The personification, 'stabbing the air in a frieze', describes that when the faggots where air born they were at such a rapid speed that they were stabbing the air. ...read more.


There is no indication as to how she dies, but we grow and sense of sympathy towards him. We also learn that he has a son, aged about six. Furthermore, the reader is invited deeper into the character, as we learn that Charley had great love for Rose, as he was returning to visit her in he grave. The tone and mood of the poem is formed into sorrow and sympathy. The first 15 lines of the extract deal with the description of the church surrounding and when the words church and graveyard is read, the first thing that comes to mind, in terms of tone and mood, is sorrow and grief. In addition to the description of the graveyard and its surrounding, there is a direct link between them. It is described that the graveyards were covered with roses. Surely there is an element of irony formed in the terms 'roses' and 'graveyards'. The irony here is that the deceased woman's name is Rose and the graveyard in which she was buried is full of 'climbing roses'. Hence, the linkage is formed. ...read more.

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