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The characters and narrative method of the short story "The bottom line and the sharp end" by Fay Weldon

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Fay Weldon created 2 different images of woman nature in her story. The first one embodies absorbing love, for the sake of which there are no barriers. The heroine was leading life, which was full of ups and downs. It was love which was providing her with suffers and happiness. She was not making plans for life, feelings were guiding her. But it was the embodiment of her happiness. And at the end she was happy and satisfied with her life. The second image embodies the lack of feelings. An insipid(???????) and scheduled life bereaved this heroine the world of feelings. It was happening subconsciously[?1], as feelings could prevent her from achieving her aims, because they are the powers that can change any plans. The heroine[?2] was afraid of them. She thought that permanency and prosperity were her happiness at the beginning of the story. The images of heroines are unreal, as they are created by the author. Both characters are described indirectly. Only through the descriptions of appearance, certain details, speech and actions we learn author's attitude towards his heroines. So, now I'm going to consider these images more carefully and I will try to show how they help us to learn the message. Avril Avril le Ray is the main characters in the story. For the first time we met Avril when she came to the salon of her old friend Helen. ...read more.


They were results of her imprudence[?12]. At the end ahe said : "We gave each other pleasure, didn't we? Fair exchange, while it lasted. Everything finishes, that's the bottom line." Avril's relations with men turned into something what reminds me of the bargain[?13]. So I have already said, Avril was happy living the life she led. She wasn't afraid of being misunderstood by surrounding people. It never cared her how her actions would be estimated by them. She came to Helen's salon in dirty clothes and reeking of [?14]sweat, while rich women were dressed in expensive clothes and jewels. It was looking like challenge to all people, she gave to understand them that it didn't care Avril what they would think of her. She was both rich and poor, she was both happy and miserable. She took risks, she was changing always (her numerous different hairstyles can admit this), she could not settle down. And she was really happy during her life, she cognized taste of life, as she was not afraid to live a whole life, she was not afraid to suffer, because before sufferings she was always happy. It was worth it. And at the end she confessed that only thing she regretted that love and sex could not go for ever. Helen It is important to mention that we learn Avril's character also in the light of[?15] Helen's attitude to Avril. ...read more.


But after the shock and even giddiness she felt "agreeably purged, sensuous[?27], like her Nan's little girl again". Helen's new life began. In support of my words I will note that Helen herself approved this change. Helen, bravely, took Gregory around to listen to Avril's sing. She had never done it before. Then she needed changes. Narrative method. In this story a third person narration is provided. There is an omniscient [?28]author because she does not only observe the events but also estimate them. She penetrates into Avril's and Helen's mind, tells us about their internal state. But from time to time we look at the events from heroin's point of view, for example when Avril tells us her life story. The first person narration is used here. It gives emotional narration, and we are imbued[?29] with sympathy and develop a fellow-feeling for the heroine. As we know Avril conveys the author's message at the end of the story "you'd better have as much as you can, while you can. And in the end, there is only you and only them, and not what they think of you, but what you think of them." So Avril is an author's mouthpiece here. [?1] [s?b'k?n(t)??sl?] ?????????????? [?2]['her?u?n] [?3]['d??r??] [?4][baus] [?5]['h�g?d] [?6]['v?lg?] [?7] ['mju??u?l?] [?8] [d?'fen(t)sl?s] [?9]????? ????? [?10][b?'ri?v] [?11] [?m'pru?d(?)nt] [?12] [?m'pru?d(?)n(t)s] ?????????????? ????????????? [?13]['b??g?n] [?14]??????? ???-?? ?????????? [?15]?????? ?????? [?16]?????? ????????????????? [?17] [??ns?g'n?f?k(?)nt] [?18] [?n'd?l??nt] ??????????????? [?19] [f??'b??r?n(t)s] [?20][wan] [?21]['�kj?r?t] [?22][ski?m] [?23] [??n?k'sept?bl] [?24]['k????sl?] [?25] [m?'n?t(?)n?s] [?26] ???????? ?????? [?27] ??????????? ['sen(t)sju?s] [?28] [?m'n?s??nt] [?29][?m'bju?] ??????????? ...read more.

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