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WRACK TECHNIQUES Note book is a mixture of fact, fiction and speculation. Your task as reader is to discover the truth. Bradley makes use of historical incidents and real people. He also draws inspiration from other texts. This is called intertextuality. For example he draws on Conrad’s book Heart of Darkness to explore the darkness in man’s heart. His character Kurt parallels Conrad’s Kurtz. He also quotes from Ondaatje p.37 to develop his idea about maps “whose portraits have nothing to do with surface.” This coupled with his narrative about the explorers in the Age of Colonialism Develops the idea that reality can be deceptive. It can hold hidden dangers and often are a false premise to start a quest. This links to USE OF MAPS AND…show more content…
We need to decide what is true and accurate. His monologues are reflective narratives and the events took place at least 50 years ago. How true would be the memory of a drug addict?? We also have to rely on his version of events. Both share similarities in they are emotionally damaged (Tania and Veronica) so the reader discovers and speculates about the nature of relationships. The second story is David’s quest for both the ship and for some contentment in his personal life. His story is revealed by 3rd person narration .David is tormented by his wife’s death and is struggling to find love and friendship with Claire. . The description of their relationship draws on the language of navigation and discovery. She is seen as “undiscovered country” p.32 and David is a “battered vessel”. The narrator suggests there is no map for love Trust in mas is like trust in love’ little is what it seems. Both stories suggest on a personal level that the mind is uncharted and difficult to understand. We see Claire working at self-discovery. David too has to navigate through his emotions; his grief to find some middle ground with Claire. The third story is about the age of discovery. This involves comments about maps along with examples some true some not of explorers. All serve to suggest science is not exact and the process of discovery holds many dangers. The historical narrative uses a factual and formal language to
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