Analysis Of ' The And The Agent '

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Griffiths also uses two, deeply contrasting ideas to highlight his personal political or social stance, as the characters of Eddie Waters and the agent, Challenor, are juxtaposed to one another. Water’s idea that one should “work through laughter, not for it”, implies a deep social purpose to comedy, whereas Challenor tells the comedians not “to be deep…we’re servants that’s all. They demand, we supply”. The fact that this play itself is a means of utilising comedy to convey deeper ideas, means the audience are more likely to vie with Waters, since he is encouraging the former ideal. The audience can see this as Griffith’s undying “honest belief in human perfectibility” coming through, as Chanellor becomes similar to a character in one of…show more content…
All in all signifying both through its language and structure a meaningless cyclicality. In both Decline and Fall and Skippy Dies, the respective authors utilise an omniscient third-person narrator to highlight the furthest corners of their fictional worlds’ depravity. In both cases, this narrator “must not be confused with the real author”, but must be seen as a satiric device. Having said this, however, in Skippy Dies the narrator uses avant-garde literary techniques to both satirise and sympathise with its objects, whereas Waugh’s narrative is much more, stylistically speaking, straightforward. In Skippy Dies, the reader experiences a vast array of methods to satirize the characters; Skippy’s relationship with his father is an epitomical manifestation of this idea: “You and Dad are playing a game…the most important rule is that you never talk about the game: you act like there is no game…you act like everything is normal, and if you can’t remember what normal is you turn yourself into TV Dad and TV Son”. Very clearly, the repetition of the pronoun “you”
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