Explore the Way Kay Presents Sophie Stones in Her Novel ‘Trumpet’ Essay

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Explore the way Kay presents Sophie Stones in her novel ‘Trumpet’ Kay presents all the characters in ‘Trumpet’ through their individual and at times intertwined struggles for identity. The character Sophie has deep insecurities based around sibling rivalry, beauty and success. Kay presents Sophie in both third person and first person, showing how Sophie views herself and also how Kay wants us to view her. We also see Sophie through the eyes of other characters, showing the contrast in how someone wants to be perceived and how they are by others. Kay uses Sophie to represent the opposition to the message of the novel as a whole: love and family overrules everything. Kay first introduces Sophie in the chapter ‘Interview Exclusive’, around half way through the novel. So far in this chapter Colman has been speaking in first person. The chapter name suggests that that he is being interviewed and we are not just reading his thoughts. This becomes clearer when Kay introduces Sophie, the interviewer. The chapter switches to third person as ‘she switches off the tape’. This sudden switch is shown both in the language, where the word ‘switch’ is actually used, and the form, as there is a chapter break just before Sophie’s introduction. Three pages later Kay introduces Sophie by name, through Colman wondering ‘should he tell Sophie Stones’. This is relevantly placed, as we are starting to understand that Colman is being interviewed about his father, so the revealing of her name gives us a character to put to the voice. In the next chapter, ‘Money Pages’, Kay reintroduces Sophie, now in first person. Sophie, however, sometimes refers to herself in third person, such as saying ‘Sophie Stones has never needed an alarm’, although in the sentence just before this she has spoken as ‘I’. This shows that she seems to be narrating her own life, as in this way she has control.

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