Analysis of "Stealing" and "War Photographer" by Carol Anne Duffy

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In the poems “Stealing” and “War Photographer”, Duffy presents two very different characters, a thief and a war photographer. Although they are very different in many ways they are both people on the edge of society. Duffy offers a fascinating insight into their situation through exploring their thoughts, feelings and actions.

In the first poem, “Stealing”, Duffy allows the character to speak about his actions directly to the reader through a dramatic monologue, which has the effect of creating a sense of intimacy. The thief describes himself as a lonely and sad person who needs a friend in his life who is just as mean and sick as he is  

“I wanted him, a mate with a mind as cold as the slice of ice within my own brain”.

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This indicates he has no friends nor family because nobody would steal a snowman unless they are mentally disturbed where as in this case that could be the answer.

Whereas in the second poem, “War Photographer”, Duffy describes the actions of the character. Because in this poem the war photographer is wanted by everyone for his pictures so people will know what is going on in the world and also the agony of pain in the photo’s Carol shows this by saying

“In his darkroom he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows”.

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