Category Archives: On Novels

The Great Gatsby: ‘They’re such beautiful shirts’

A consideration of a few of the wider themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, with specific attention paid to Daisy’s first entry into Gatsby’s house (Chapter Five) F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is ‘the true substance of … Continue reading

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Apocalypse and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

Kermode’s ‘apocalyptic types’:- -Empire -Decadence and renovation -Progress and catastrophe Cloud Atlas –Empire – Ewing’s colonial themed nineteenth-century narrative. –Decadence – Frobisher’s richly indulgent narrative (pre WW-II). –Renovation – Lusia Rey’s period of industrial growth/change in 1970s America. –Progress – … Continue reading

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‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’: Part Three

Part Three: Conquering the ‘Nightmare’/ Claiming the Crown To grow up, the girls must overcome the ‘nightmare’ represented by the tyrannical, false Queen: the instigator of chaos and/or violence. Sally Adair Rigsbee writes that ‘[b]elieving in the reality of the … Continue reading

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‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’: Part Two

Part Two: Arriving Both Alice’s and Lucy’s dream/story cannot be contained within one single texts, but spreads, for Alice, across two texts, and, for Lucy, to the other stories in The Chronicles of Narnia. Similarly, the text within these stories … Continue reading

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‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’: Alice’s and Lucy’s Imaginative Journeys in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Part One: Setting Off The first chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is entitled ‘Down the Rabbit-Hole’[1] and it is this premise of an impossible journey made by a young child that recurs consistently within children’s fiction into the present … Continue reading

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