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In this essay I am going to talk about the subject matter and style in which the opening of Wise Children is written. Throughout most of the book, the story is told in a first person narrative style

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Wise Children Essay In this essay I am going to talk about the subject matter and style in which the opening of Wise Children is written. Throughout most of the book, the story is told in a first person narrative style. This style of writing addresses the reader directly 'Good morning!', and gives a conversational tone to the novel. In this sense, the reader feels close to the narrator, as if you can feel what she is going through. This closeness is emphasized by the honesty in her writing. This could be shown when Dora says, 'I know this sounds out of this world, but try to imagine it anyway'. This is known as self-conscious artifice and again Dora is addressing the reader directly, as if she were right next to us. Culture is another prominent theme in the book, and is immediately introduced at the beginning of the novel. Dora talks about the divides in New York, Paris and London, saying that London is 'two cities divided by a river' with one side of the city being the high class area, associated with the rich and wealthy 'the rich lived amidst pleasant verdure in the North', and the other side ...read more.

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The way in which Dora writes and tells the story has a sort of carnivalesque feel about it. Carnivalesque basically relates to the word 'carnival' in that it's anything humorous, a bit crude, involves enjoyment and inverting things; turning hierarchies on their heads so to speak. This style is used regularly and is typical of Dora's attitude towards life. Using Shakespeare as an example, Shakespeare is seen as being something of a high cultured subject, the theatres in which it is performed, the language that is used, the people that go to watch it etc, all are pictured to be related with high society. But in actual fact, and referring back to being carnivalesque, Shakespeare himself intended his plays to be seen and enjoyed by everyone, including the lower, ****ing class people. So it's this idea of turning things on their head, and laughing at the pompous people who think they're better than certain individuals, when in reality they aren't - this is what Carter is trying to get across. Melchior Hazard is a prime example of these types of people. (Sir) ...read more.

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So when the cat comes strolling in the reader should recognise that cats are also survivors, and that they could symbolise Dora and Nora. They come and go as they please and have a fairly relaxed lifestyle, and this could be compared to Nora and Dora's care free attitude towards life. The grandfather clock is also used for a symbolic purpose. It is mentioned throughout the story and symbolises men. The clock is 'Great, tall, butch', things that could be seen to describe men. But it also 'gives out the hours in a funny little falsetto ping and always the wrong hour'. Dora is basically saying that although the thing looks impressive, it is in actual fact pretty useless, again qualities that could be applied to men. In regards to the story, the men in it are also seen as being handsome and majestic but useless all the same. Melchior, Peregrine and Tristram are the main ones, and they all in one way or another fail to do the right thing. They can never be relied on and as far as Nora, Dora and Wheelchair are concerned, they'd be better off living without them. Oh, and did I mention Angela Carter was a bit of a feminist. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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