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General Vision and Viewpoint.
Transcript of General Vision and Viewpoint.
Definition. This refers to the author's outlook on life. Their viewpoint influences our perspective of the text and its setting. The vision of an author can be conveyed through the manner in which the plot opens, develops and ends, through key characters and relationships, through the type of society in which the text is located and also through language and imagery. Often the dominant viewpoint of a text can be reflected in a key moment. The Society. * This novel is set in 1981, in Ireland in rural Wexford.
* The people living in Ireland at this time were hard workers who had a desire to constantly work.
*Although the characters in this novel were aware of what events went on around them, such as the IRA hunger strike and the poverty in Africa, these events seem to have not had any effect on their own world. They lived in extension to their own area. * There is a real sense of pity felt for the young girl at the opening of the novel, she seems lost in her own mind and somewhat isolated as she is driven by her father to a stranger's household with only the clothes she is wearing.
* The Kinsellas are portrayed as kind and caring characters and we get a positive vibe from them.
* While Dan's character is portrayed as a shady, lazy and rude man. The Climax - Chapter 5. The trip to Gorey. The wake. * As the child is walking down the road to the widow's house for the wake she tastes:
"something darker in the air, of something that might come and fall and change things",
she has an expectation of the good turning bad.
* Mr Kinsella is very affection towards the young girl and as she sits on his lap she is at complete ease sipping on lemonade and eating a queen cake.
* We are introduced to the noisy Mildred who constantly asks the young girl all sort of questions about the Kinsellas. Her choice to tell the tragedy that killed the Kinsella's son is very unsympathetic and portrays her as a negative character. * There's unexplained tension between the Kinsellas, When John suggests that the little girl gets "togged out". This somehow upsets Edna and we feel compassionate towards her.
* The young girl's response when Mr Kinsella gives her the £1 note is quite unusual, she "stares" at the money as if she had never been given her own money before and she couldn't believe it. We feel saddened and pitiful by this as the protagonist never got to experience how it feels to have her own possession of money or any valuable.
* When Edna and the little girl are shopping the young girl is mistaken as Edna's daughter and in this, Edna doesn't once deny it or correct it.
she simply embraces the opportunity to believe the young girl is really own even just for a few minutes. * The opening chapter of this novel is quite pessimistic.
* Immediately there's pity and sympathy felt for the young girl and her life.
* We sympathize with how she is not cared for properly by her parents and how they allowed her to go to mass on Sunday dressed in dirty clothes.
* There is pity felt for her when she remembers the conversation her parents had before about when she should return home and the way neither seemed to really care about their daughter.
* There is a passionless and aloof relationship between Dan and his daughter. Chapter 1. Thank you The walk. * It is now obvious that the little girl has grown closer to Mr Kinsella and they have developed a deep and affectionate relationship.
* While walking to the sea, as Dan holds her hands she suddenly realizes that her father had never once held her hand and we feel sorry for her in this part as she has been deprived of true fatherly love and affection.
* A full outlook of John is now revealed as his wonderful qualities of caring, loving, generosity, affectionate, kind and also a good husband and father is seen and we admire these qualities in his character. Chapter 8 * As the holidays come to an end it is soon realized by the little girl and the Kinsellas that she can't live with them forever. This is heart-breaking as we know that they do not want to part and there is mutual love between the three of them.
* We also for the first time are introduced to Mary and her husband's home. It is strange when we see the contrasting lives of the families as one struggles and is overcrowded the other is content but childless. This makes us realize the unfairness of life. * As this novel comes to an end the little girl has now developed as a person and soon realizes what she wants and where she wants to be.
* She has now experienced what it feels like to be truly valued and in this we are happy for her.
* We are extremely saddened when the young girl has to part with the Kinsellas. The reference to how Edna is " sobbing and crying, as though not for one now, but for two" is as despairing as it is mournful as she has now lost two children.
* The most emotional and heart-breaking moment of this novel is when the young girl runs to John Kinsella and hugs him. We are full of sorrow as we wish there was a happy ending.
. Final outlook on the novel. Overall, the novel provoked truly upsetting feelings in the reader.
There is sympathy felt throughout this novel for most of the characters, but definitely for the young girl. As readers we empathize the many feelings the girl felt from sadness and pain to the optimism and happiness she endured.
We travelled through the emotional journey the girl had with her.
As readers we are not satisfied with how the novel ends but perhaps this realistic ending was the author's way of showing us that life does
not always have a happy ending. Uncertainty. * At the opening of the novel, there were many references made between the adults to "twelve months' time" but throughout the novel we never found out what was meant by this.
* The name and age of the narrator and protagonist of the novel was never once mentioned.
* What happens in the end between Mr Kinsella and Dan after the closing chapter?
* We are unsure of the ending, does the young girl return to the Kinsellas? We are also worried for her safety.
Questions are asked of what will happen next!