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Compare and contrast the way love is shown in The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter and A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne. Pay particular attention to the way the authors use form, structure and language to represent love.

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Compare and contrast the way love is shown in 'The Magic Toyshop' by Angela Carter and 'A Sentimental Journey' by Lawrence Sterne. Pay particular attention to the way the authors use form, structure and language to represent love. The two extracts reflect love in different ways for many different reasons, one major reason being their difference in eras. Whilst 'A Sentimental Journey' was written in 1768, and thus belongs to the post-modernist genre, 'The Magic Toyshop' was written in 1967, and would thus be influential to post-modernist and modernist writers alike (as we indeed know Laurence Sterne was). Devices used by the authors to portray the love within include form, structure and language and their differences and similarities with these aspects serve to emphasise the different types of love evident. The form and structure of both pieces differs in many places. The first person narrative of 'A Sentimental Journey' true to its name, in many respects, walks the reader through, a journey with the writer and their feelings of forbidden passion. ...read more.

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The setting for both extracts is also telling of the type of love each character experiences. 'The Temptation' set in 'Paris' in 'A Sentimental Journey' builds the reader up to a highly passionate example of love, or lust, as the case may be. The pathetic fallacy of the dark, damp atmosphere in 'The Magic Toyshop' "It was growing dark... through the mist, the blur of the city..." and the simile "like a sooty thumbprint" is also a hint of what is to come. The kiss Melanie experiences, her first kiss, does not live up to her expectations. However even Melanie herself admits from a distance it could appear romantic, if she in the moment thought this was not the case. "She wished someone was watching them to appreciate them, or that herself was watching them, Finn kissing this black haired young girl." Language is another factor used to show love in the extracts. ...read more.

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Imagery is a device used to also show love in both extracts. In 'A Sentimental Journey' a paragraph is devoted purely to the comparison of Yorick's infatuation to nature, and a metaphor to question if the passion he is feeling is a sin. "Nature has so wove her web of kindness, that some threads of love and desire are entangled with the piece, must the whole web be rent in drawing them out?" He then goes on to reference a "trial" which shows that Yorick feels this whole encounter has been a temptation, and it is his test to resist. With the direct address of "Ye" to the audience, it almost makes the reader feel as if they are the jury at his trial, and it is thus their duty to lay the final judgement. Questioning as a means to show the interior battles of the character is also seen in 'The Magic Toyshop' "What was the need?" this is used to bring the readers way of thinking round to Melanie's, as she goes on to describe the uncomfortableness at the state of affairs. ...read more.

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