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Revisiting Literary Characters: Patrick Bateman

“…although I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel my flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there…” The term “unreliable narrator” was first coined by Wayne Booth in his ground-breaking work The Rhetoric of Fiction and, since then, […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: Amy Elliott Dunne (Gone Girl)

Reading bestsellers is something I find myself consistently behind on; this summer, I finally got around to purchasing 2012’s The Girl on the Train – Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. A psychological thriller that centres on the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the mounting suspicion faced by her husband, Gone Girl was met with both critical […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: Creon (Antigone)

King Creon, as monarch of Thebes, is perfect example of the autocratic power-player. Similarly to many other kings in literature, he is self-righteous, proud and somewhat blind to the true goings-on of his household, as well as those of his kingdom; unlike Shakespeare’s Claudius, for example, Creon cares deeply about the welfare of his state […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: Hercule Poirot

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the books of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, you should not, I repeat, should not be unfamiliar with the famous Hercule Poirot. In the literary world, Poirot is by far Christie’s most inventive and sublime character ever. In her books, however, Poirot is a keen-eyed, private detective […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

A Clockwork Orange: a story about rape, youth and ‘ultra-violence’. While for many of us the phrases ‘youth’ and ‘violence’ are two very unrelated issues, for the book’s protagonist, Alex, these are two sides of the same coin. Alex is an embodiment of the turbulence of youth; his violence being a hyperbolic metaphorical of the […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: Dean Moriarty (On The Road)

Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical On The Road tells the story of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty as they embark upon a journey of hitch-hiking, rampant partying and self-evaluation in almost every corner of the United States. Despite the book being told by Sal’s perspective, the participant narrator seems to accept that Dean is at the epicentre […]Read More

Revisiting Literary Characters: The Duchess of Malfi

The character of the Duchess in John Webster’s Jacobean revenge tragedy is equally as empowering as she is perplexing. The Duchess of Malfi tells the tale of a young widow, the Duchess, who marries the loving Antonio, much to the fury of her brothers. One brother is Ferdinand, the unstable and cruel Duke, who grows […]Read More