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Literary Analysis of: I Spy by Graham Greene

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  • on February 3, 2014
  • Category: Social Issues
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Literary Analysis of: I Spy by Graham Greene

Graham Greene, in full Henry Graham Greene (born October 2, 1904) English novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist whose novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings.

The extract under study “I Spy” is written by Graham Greene in the style of fiction (художественная литература). It deals with author’s feelings and emotions about relations at school and relations in the family.

There are two main characters in the story. They are Charlie and his father. The narrator doesn’t describe them directly. He uses the indirect method of characterization and shows them through their actions and behavior. The short story takes place during the First World War, because words like “the Zeppelins” and the English word for Germans, namely “Huns” appears. And ‘searchlight passed across the sky,… seeking enemy airship’. There is from the text not giving any location, but Charlie could hear the blew of the wind and the beating of the waves, also the fact that the father had said he would be in Norwich gives me the idea that the setting is somewhere by the eastern seashore maybe in East Anglia.

In my opinion, the exposition in “I spy” is rather vague, because the story starts in medias res. From the beginning, we are not told anything about the characters or the setting; we are thrust straight into the action. In the course of events the reader learns more and more about Charlie.

The narrator uses foreshadowing, but he doesn’t tell us exactly what will occur later in the story. Instead, he uses hints to suggest the coming events and how the mood will be. By describing Charlie’s waiting and fears the narrator builds suspense, which makes us want to go on and find out more about the event that is being foreshadowed. The emotional quality of his fear is achieved through the following means:

-ontonomasia “affection” and “dislike”, comparison “as indefinite as his...

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