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Analysis Of The Way Voice And Dialogue Are Used In A Passage From "Pride And Prejudice".

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The passage used is from Volume 1 chapter IX, running from 'And so ended his affection' and running to the end of the chapter.The passage concentrates on the interplay between the various 'voices' and as such is dialogic. Our understanding of events and characters is enhanced by the combination of 'showing' (dialogue) and 'telling' (narrative), which includes techniques such as free indirect speech.The passage opens with direct speech from Elizabeth. Her words are provoking, turning the romantic idea of poetry on its head. The exclamation mark hints this to be a form of outburst. By using direct speech, we are given the maximum impact of this, and although witty, it is excessively cynical with regard to love, using phrases such as 'driving away love' and 'starve it entirely away'. It contrasts with Darcy's moderation of tone and word which follows a more traditional view. This dialogue confirms Darcy as moving within socially expected norms whereas Elizabeth challenges them.The second paragraph moves from 'showing' through dialogue to 'telling' through third person narrative. Initially this is focalised through Elizabeth as '......the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herselfagain'. The omniscience of the narrator is shown by the awareness of her thoughts and the effect is to draw the sympathy of the reader to her and to trust the narrator. The 'general pause' of this sentence is followed by 'short silence' in the next which serves to underline our identification with Elizabeth's dread of what her mother may say next. The telling of the silence is as important as the dialogue, without this we would be unaware of the full nature of the social awkwardness. The narrator moves into a description Of Mrs. Bennets thanks, prior to changing to free indirect speech as she apologises for 'troubling him also with Lizzy'. The use of the word Lizzy as opposed to Elizabeth confirms this change to the persona of Mrs Bennet. The following sentences contrast Mr Bingleys 'unaffectedly civil' behaviour with his sisters lack of 'graciousness'. Here the narrator is commenting and therefore leading us to a poor opinion of Caroline. There is no dialogue from her to 'show' us this. We trust the narrator.The ordering of the carriage is described as a 'signal'. This immediately alerts us that something has been pre-arranged'. This another example of omniscience; Bingley and most of the others are unaware of this, but the narrator has shared this with us. The narrator has reverts to a neutral tone which enables us to draw our own conclusions as to the rudeness of '...whispering to each other during the whole visit...', Lydia is described as 'a favourite with her mother'. The reader is fully aware of Mrs Bennet's character and therefore knows better than to trust her judgement, which renders this particularly ironic. This is a very subtle way to influence our opinion of a character before they speak. The narration then...

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