The Cricket Match Section of 'the Go-Between' Is a Microcosm of the Novel as a Whole

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Discuss the idea that the cricket match section of 'The Go-Between' is a microcosm of the novel as a whole The cricket match and the subsequent concert that follows are two highly significant incidents in L.P. Hartley's, The Go-Between. Hartley uses the social transmutation of his protagonist, Leo Colston, as a vehicle for expressing the influence and power of the class system over society's actions. The subject of class is key throughout the novel and references to it range from the superficial , such as differences in clothing and appearance, to more complex sub-textual elements of the interaction between characters. One example of a situation in which the distinction between the classes is made particularly clear can be seen in the cricket match and another in the relationship between Marian and Ted. The events of the cricket match mark the passage of Leo's growth into manhood. At the cricket match Leo changes from being a spectator sitting on the sidelines to taking an active role. He has to deal with the responsibility of making the great catch. While doing so he learns of various underlying factors in the behaviour of the adults. The experience is in some ways repeated in the concert where he is again faced with what seems to be a daunting task which he handles successfully. The great class division is evident throughout the cricket match. It can be seen even from the beginning, with the teams being divided between the villagers and those from Brandham Hall, "as if a battle were in progress". We can see the affect the match has had on Leo even before we read of it ourselves when the older Leo says of how he has "never voluntarily watched a cricket match since". The villagers were wearing a variety of clothes for the match, many of which were working clothes, and many were wearing braces. They could have been compared to the natives in the Boer War,
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