Analysis Of Michael Bradbury 's ' The City ' Essay

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The idea that ‘Space thus becomes an acting place, rather than a place of action’ is particularly potent when applied to Defoe’s Moll Flanders as he does not often describe setting or space in any great detail, almost viewing it as inconsequential to the actual story. This does not mean that space never has an effect on the character, however, it would be more accurate to say that the outcome of a situation lies on how successfully a character uses that space to their own advantage. The space itself does not have to have a huge effect on the character, it is more about how characters interact directly with and within with that space.

As mentioned above, Defoe is not wont to describe setting, the setting being primarily London in this novel, as he assumes that most of his readers would already have a clear idea of it in their minds. Max Byrd states that Defoe’s presentation of the city ‘remains two-dimensional, an abstract environment...without colours...or smells’’. Without knowledge of how characters relate to it, the lack of detail in describing space makes it more inconsequential with regards to the narrative. Wall argues that sensory descriptions of a space has a large influence on stories where ‘the primary aspect of space is the way the characters bring their senses to bear on [it]’ and so with Defoe’s distinct lack of reference to senses such as smell, the readers is presented a story wherein the characters affect a space much more that the space affects the…

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