Amis Analysis

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As readers we gain an unusual and disturbing perspective from the protagonist through the backwards narrative, and that’s vulnerability. This perspective is gained from the statement “ Tod’s very down on the pimps…” From reading the entire book we generally draw the conclusion that Tod is a cold creature, yet here we are introduced to him showing an extent of emotion and not the narrator. Amis’ use of the word “very” is key, as it shows the extent of which Tod is discontented with the pimps along with consideration (which is a humane characteristic, contrasting the animalistic descriptions he’s been previously given) towards women, whom he often favors physical rather than emotional attachments with, and so we see him out of his ‘comfort zone’ and therefore emotionally vulnerable The fact that he dislikes the pimps proves he does have a human side , but it also indicates that he doesn’t like the idea of a man in control over a number of woman – which is significant and contradictory to himself as he was in control of a number of men and woman when he was a Nazi doctor at Auschwitz, highlighting his struggle with his identity. What makes this revelation of vulnerability disturbing is that it is juxtaposed against the view that pimps are ‘outstanding’, given to us by a narrator we considered to be the warm innocent. The backwards narrative also creates a sense of confusion and disorientation which has a primary effect on the narrators understanding of right and wrong, subsequently showing his ability to be easily misled. There is therefore innocence the statement “…until men come along and rape them, and then they’re okay again” as the backwards narration has disillusioned the narrator into believing a distressing criminal act is an act of healing, it could be implied that due to the indoctrination of the time, Tod had little grasp of what was right and wrong and

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