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NARRATIVE STRUCTURE (FINAL).

Narrative Structure

Lodge discusses many different aspects with in the chapter of narrative structure. Many of which are relations to the plot and the main idea the novel is based upon.  “The effects of a novels structure, however, are experienced not in space but over time –  often quite a long time.” The effect of a novels narrative structure is often established through time, however for the effect of the novels structure to happen their must be begging, middle, and end. In this case Lodges meaning of narrative unity plays in.” It has a beginning, middle and an end as defined by Aristotle: a beginning is what requires nothing to precede it, an end is what requires nothing to follow it, and a middle needs something both before and after it “. Lodge definition of narrative unity is a beginning in which it needs nothing to leading it or starting it, an end which needs nothing to end it or follow it, and a middle that needs two things; something before and after it. Relating to narrative unity the novel starts with the author on bed talking about her illness and not caring about her surroundings but focusing more on herself and well being. The author uses Narrative unity to her advantage by using long paragraphs and extensive sentences to describe her past perspectives along with her families’ perspectives. Lodge also brings up the idea of classic reversal and Discovery, where the classical reversal relates to the reversal of relationships and events and discovery is the realization of something. Classic Reversal is used in Paradise of the Blind when Houng’s mother shows her love and appreciation towards her brother, which is how most women acted upon men in the Vietnamese culture. Huong uses this as an advantage to ruin her mother’s relationship with her father. In Paradise of the Blind discovery is used when Huong comes to the realization that her father is looked down upon by her mother’s friends. Lodge also comes up with another critical view which is Symmetry. Symmetry is the irony of the plot and is often used for the reader to understand the deeper meaning of the novel. The symmetry in Paradise of the Blind is when Houng looked up to her mother and her aunt Tam thinking they are leaders of the family but it actually their brothers control them and lead the family. David Lodge has many views and under the subject of Narrative Structure, views and frameworks that help the deep meaning of the novel and its feministic artistry.

Mohammed Ibrahim


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