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In "Not My Best Side" U A Fanthorpe challenges the traditional, stereotypical characters in the legend Of St George and the dragon only to replace them with another equally stereotypical

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In "Not My Best Side" U A Fanthorpe challenges the traditional, stereotypical characters in the legend Of St George and the dragon only to replace them with another equally stereotypical set In the poem "Not my best side" U A Fanthorpe has challenged the orthodox images of the characters in Uccello's painting of St George and the Dragon. She has successfully manipulated them into modern day caricatures. Through traditional stereotypical views and legends, Uccello has portrayed the fire-breathing dragon as grotesque and beastly. Yet this is the dragon whom a boy no older than a teenager, can tame. The poem contrasts any stereotypical view the reader may have taken and reveals that the dragon is no more innocent than the other characters. In the first sentence of the first stanza, the reader is confronted by a dress conscientious victim of fashion; this is hardly a fire-breathing monster. The dragon criticises all but himself, from the painter Uccello who, "didn't give me a chance to pose properly" to the, "horse with a deformed neck". Fanthorpe has given such a beast a pitiful personality the painter is described as a, "poor chap" however this is not an obvious reaction expected from such a beast. ...read more.


Fanthorpe has prescribed to the girl a rather a modern woman's personality rather than the image of a more biblical girl. Her language and her sentences are modern and appear slightly immature. One would usually associate phrases like, "And the way he looked at me" with a teenager. One would not assume a religious orthodox figure to be using phrases such as, "he might have acne, blackheads or even bad breath". As well as being critical she also insults her hero's manhood, "when this boy turns up". Indeed her declaration" I didn't much fancy him" shows her first thought that apparently ran through her mind when she was about to be rescued from death by the very same boy. Fanthorpe has created a similarity between the two characters of the dragon and the young woman. Both are far more concerned with their image and what others think of them than the reality of the situation. It could be said that her second stanza creates a less than glamorous image of today's new woman. St George. The legendary character who is said to be the fearless slayer of the almighty dragon. However in this stanza, St George shatters our illusions as Fanthorpe allows St George to speak for himself. ...read more.


You're in my way". He is only thinking of himself. Here in the third stanza is the third vision of a selfish personality. Fanthorpe's modern day caricatures are not complementary! The three characters in this poem hold quite different opinions yet are extremely similar in the way that each character is as different as the other. They do not like being criticised but do not think how their insults to others are even more critical, "Unattractive as to be inedible." In each of the stanzas the characters start off with good-natured comments but as they progress to the end of the stanza the points they have made appear ruder and their egotism reveals itself. The last lines all end with a sarcastic comment. All the characters are not too worried about anyone but them self. Over all they are looking after the image of number one, which seems to be the only thing that matters. Fanthorpe's images of three types have little of the spiritual among them. As I read about thoughts, which are materialistic, vain or lustful, I learn that Fanthorpe seems concerned with showing us not our best sides. Krupa Patel ...read more.

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