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I HAVE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU Comment on the presentation of Jocelin in Chapter 1.

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Sasha Bates Comment on the presentation of Jocelin in Chapter 1. Dean Jocelin is a priest at St Mary's Cathedral in Salisbury. He has a vision that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. During Chapter 1 we see many different qualities of Jocelin. The first account we meet of him is a visual picture of a laughing man; this represents a joyful, exhilarant person. It shows that this is the beginning of his vision and everything is taking place before him. In the second sentence our view shifts and we see what he sees, the sunlight exploding through the glass, lifting up the images of Abraham, Isaac and God. Our sense of seeing through his eyes is strengthened with 'additional spokes and wheel'. Each time the sunlight appears inside the cathedral Jocelin recreates his vision, and it reinforces the rightness of what he is doing. There is a various repetition of Jocelin 'laughing chin up', this begins to sound a little insane, however 'chin up' shows he is a very confident and proud man who thinks he has all authority over everybody else. ...read more.


He often seems to identify himself with God or Christ and he seems to think that the vision is his rather than Jesus Christ's, 'What can I do on this day of days when at last they have begun to fashion my vision in stone, but give thanks'. The use of the word 'my' signifies that Jocelin has forgotten that God has sent him the vision to build a spire on the cathedral. He thinks that it is his great idea! Jocelin forgets he is creating the spire for God, and prays to thank God, as if he is thanking God for giving the spire to him. Nobody really gets on with Jocelin because they see him as an arrogant man and they see that putting a spire on the top of the cathedral is a stupid idea. At the beginning of the novel young voices are heard insulting Jocelin, 'Say what you like; he's proud.' 'And Ignorant'. ...read more.


Therefore Jocelin wrote to her and said if she supplied him with money for the spire then he shall grant her with a place of death in the cathedral. Sasha Bates The one and only person who Jocelin has great affection for is his 'daughter in God', Goody Pangall. Jocelin thinks that she 'is entirely women' and she is the one topic of conversation that he discusses with interest with Pangall. For example when Pangall is worried about the builders, the first question Jocelin asks is, 'Is your good wife? Do they work too near her?' and Pangall reply's no, 'Do they treat her as some men will treat women in the street? Call after her? Speak lewdly?' In conclusion to this essay, Jocelin has become obsess ional over the spire because he has forgotten that the vision is from God and when he thanks God, it shows he is grateful that god has given this vision to him however it is not for Jocelin, it is for God. Jocelin also does not listen to anybody else's comments. All he cares about is himself and how he looks rather than the cathedral. ...read more.

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