'the Sea, The Sea' By Iris Murdoch A Review.

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I very much enjoyed The Sea, The Sea. Iris Murdoch's adept writing talents are present throughout, and she utilises a skilful method of characterisation that almost creeps up on the reader. Despite the protagonist being a contemptuous person, I nevertheless felt rather sympathetic towards him.The first section of the book, entitled 'Prehistory', is very lengthy, and contains detailed trivialities. The information the reader is given seems at first to be inconsequential, but one later discovers that it is the perfect set-up for us to ascertain Charles's true character. Once the people from Charles's past begin to appear on his doorstep, we learn that Charles is actually an egotistical bore who has used his position and promises of love to exert power over those around him.The unreliable narrator is often shown as a figure of stupidity, less capable at deciphering what surrounds them than the reader. The reader consequently unfolds the true meaning of events by interpreting the narrator's incorrect account of the story. By implementing the technique of an unreliable narrator, Murdoch forces the reader to be acutely conscious of the vital part that memory and subjectivity play in recreating the text in a cohesive and significant narrative form. What markedly reveals Charles's unreliability as a narrator is his perspective on James and his apparent relationship with him. We begin to see that his stance is very subjective in his own favour, as he recalls oblique childhood memories of James and reflects that his life is more 'successful' than James's. As the story continues, we discover that James is virtually a 'saintly' person who feels very satisfied with his life - quite the opposite of Charles.As an unreliable narrator, Charles is seen to be manipulating history to suit his own purposes, and reforming his facts and information in an attempt to make the reader give in to his fundamental position. However, he does not even seem to be aware of his skewed vision - he appears to truly believe his account of the past.The Sea, The Sea explores the ways in which the past is given meaning through the telling of individual experience. However, through his memoir, we get a perspective of Charles that he himself does not have access to.The Sea, The Sea is written in the first-person. The first-person narrative not only conveys the innermost thoughts and emotions of Charles, but also at times speaks directly to the reader. By addressing the reader in the informal second person, the narrative very effectively engages the reader in Charles's life.Charles sets out to write a memoir, but because of unfolding events his book turns into more of a journal, which is the perfect vehicle for portraying Charles's narcissistic character. Both past and 'continual present' tense are used, with the narrator sometimes appearing to switch between the two almost involuntarily. This is a significant narrative device, for it reflects and reinforces Charles's apparent inability to...

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