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Brisk, Within this pastiche, I have tried to present Mansfields style through the utilisation of themes, vocabulary and literary techniques.

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Pastiche Brisk Despite not being particularly late, Robert Jenkins always found pleasure in briskness: in rushing into the office and cocking his hat at Bunty and strolling, always strolling, into his bureau. It mattered very little whether he was running a little late or exactly on time or even a little early : what was important - crucial, even - was to give off that all-important impression of urgency and briskness. What would his colleagues had thought of him if they had seen him dawdling - yes, stalling and lingering! - on his way to work? Oh, the very thought was ghastly - a man's job was based upon briskness and Jenkins knew that he had an image to uphold. He strolled, veritably marched, into his bureau and flung down his briefcase. His papers were quickly bustled into a neater pile - couldn't Bunty do anything right? - and he opened his glossy leather-bound agenda to the day at hand. Frowning at its aching emptiness, he called in Scott. 'Now, look here, Scott, and let's make this sharp; I'm a very busy man, you see. My agenda obviously hasn't been kept up to date - what ought I to do today?' ...read more.

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It was the boss: surely a promotion was finally, finally in order. Perhaps that was why today's page had been so clean and empty. Statement of Intent Within this pastiche, I have tried to present Mansfield's style through the utilisation of themes, vocabulary and literary techniques. The pastiche features a plunge opening characteristic of Mansfield, as in most of her short stories, she does not take the time to set the scene or present the characters, but instead shows what is happening and leaves the reader to distinguish who is who, and carries on in her style, evident from the dialogue and the literary techniques she uses. For example, Mansfield often uses the objective correlative in order to demonstrate aspects of her characters. This is done in this pastiche briefly, as the blank agenda which Jenkins expects someone else to tend to, is symbolic of his own life. It is clear that it is important as it is mentioned several times within the opening of the story. It adequately expresses Jenkins' life because while it appears to be glossy and executive, the pages within it are blank, thus demonstrating that he is not as important as he may appear to be. ...read more.

Conclusion

Above all, her male characters are self-absorbed to the point that they do not even notice their surroundings. This is expressed in the pastiche as Robert Jenkins believes that he is the driving force behind his working and home life. Subtle hints such as the blank agenda and the call from his wife help the reader to understand that he is fooling himself in regard to his importance. This is evident also when he is asked to speak to his boss and immediately believes himself to be in line for a promotion. The pastiche also helps demonstrate the social norms of the period often questioned in the works of Mansfield: Mary, the wife, stays at home and organises the dinner and her family's lives while Robert goes out to work; neither questions the arrangement. The pastiche very briefly manages to demonstrate the way in which Robert attempts to remain on top; when his wife calls him to remind him of something he has not done, he becomes defensive and angry and makes an unnecessary comment about sauces in order to re-establish himself as the head of the house and thus dominant over her. The pastiche thus combines many of Mansfield's characteristic stylistic techniques and some of her recurring themes in order to explain her style. ?? ?? ?? ?? Natasha Frost World Literature: Mansfield Pastiche April 2008 ...read more.

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