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  • Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong

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    In Sebastian Faulks' novel Birdsong there are a number of friendships that are affected by the war. Faulks presents these relationships in a way that allows the reader to explore how much they are affected by the war. Are these friendships a way for the men to cling to some sort of human connection in the midst of something so horrible that they become 'indifferent to death’? Faulks chooses to focus on the very different relationships between Stephen Wraysford with both Michael Weir and Jack Firebrace

  • Birdsong Essay

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    From Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Jack Firebrace. An honest Tommy. The Novel Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is a story of various parts of one mans life, Stephen Wraysford. The first par of the book is a love story, when Stephen Wraysford is living and working in Northern France. The main text of the book is when Stephen Wraysford returns to Northern France again, this time as an officer in the British Army, during the First World War. This is the section in which Jack Firebrace features. The final

  • Birdsong Analysis

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    Birdsong is a first-person story about how a woman fell in love with a married man, and after some quarrels and conflicts, she found that her lover just used her for satisfaction, then she left him. For the theme of the story, it encourages women to break norms which are unfair and biased, whatever in the romantic relationship or in the workplace. In the paragraphs I chose, the author asked lots of questions about the unfair treat she experienced and the imbalance of their romantic relationship,

  • Birdsong and Journey's End

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    Compare the ways Sherriff presents the main character of Stanhope in Journey’s End with Faulks’ presentation of Stephen in Birdsong Both “Journey’s End” by R.C. Sherriff and “Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks portray their main characters of Stanhope and Stephen in several different ways. These include their ability as a leader, the way that they are introduced, how they are affected by the war and their troubled relationships with women. The contrast between the different forms of literature and the

  • Birdsong Gang Analysis

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    know it. Sometimes I've been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties...the ladies would gang up in a corner and discuss my dangerous character." It’s amazing that all ten of the Birdsong clan made it out of California alive. There were many dangerous moments that required fast thinking. For example one of the most ridiculous things about the gangs in sunny California was their obsession with marking their territories with their

  • Birdsong: A Narrative Fiction

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    He woke to birdsong for a few blissful moments he thought that maybe he is in paradise or maybe he has died and gone to heaven, the thought both delighted and terrified him. But then the events of the night before came rushing back to him and death seemed like a delightful prospect over the day’s reality. Lying in his neighbour, Neha’s lawn, he remembered last night’s party and all the punch that he had drunk and all the bets and stupid games and, Oh God! the girls he can’t even remember how many

  • Comparing Protagonists in Choke and Birdsong

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    In this essay I will be exploring and contrasting the relationships of two characters. These characters are Stephen Wraysford of Sebastian Faulks' romantic yet graphically violent novel "Birdsong" and Victor Mancini of anarchic social commentator Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke." "Birdsong" darts between the early 1900s and the 1970s, although Stephen does not appear in the latter dates, and his story is accounted by his granddaughter Elizabeth. "Choke" is a contemporary novel, based in America in the late

  • The Trenches Of Birdsong ( 1993 )

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    Examine the ways Faulks presents superstition among characters in the trenches in Birdsong (1993). Superstition as an ‘excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural’ is often associated with perilous endeavours, and a psychological need to latch on to a mechanism to allow hope for the preservation of the fragile human condition. This systematic and illogical belief in the supernatural is extensively prevalent throughout Faulks’ novel, during the linear storyline of Stephen and

  • Faulks´ Birdsong Analysis

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    Within ‘Birdsong’ Faulks uses the character of Stephen as his voice, through which he propounds his horror and perplexity at what is unfolding during the War. Faulks also introduces the idea of a new reality which is experienced by the men in the trenches. Faulks chooses to explore curiosity as a coping mechanism within ‘Birdsong’ through the character of Stephen. Only curiosity is keeping Stephen alive as he states that he would ‘walk into enemy lines and let (himself) be killed’ if he didn’t

  • Presentation of Loss in Birdsong

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    Explore Faulks’ Presentation of Loss in the Novel Birdsong Birdsong is a novel set in the period before, during and after the First World War. Automatically one would think of the loss of life that was suffered during this time, but the loss of life is not the only form loss suffered during this time. Standing side -by -side with the loss of life is the loss of love and the loss of faith. Faulks uses vivid descriptions and contrasting images to place the reader at the scene and make them empathise