Explore how the theme of secrecy is presented in ‘The woman in white’

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The theme secrecy is portrayed in both ‘The woman in white’ and ‘The lady in the lake’. The two extracts I have chosen to convey secrecy is the scene from ‘The woman in white’, when Marian climbs on the rooftop on pages 251-253. I also chose the scene from ‘The lady in the lake’, when Miss Fallbrook is first introduced inside Lavery’s house on pages 112-115. Both extracts convey secrecy as both extracts are set around a situation where there is either a secret being covered up or someone is close to uncovering a secret. The setting also sustains the secrecy in both extracts. In ‘The woman in white’, the setting of the extract explores and sustains Marian’s mood and reinforces secrecy. This is because of it being set at the dead of …show more content…
The use of first person narrative also shows us Marian's feelings and her anxiety of being in such a dangerous situation. The secrecy surrounding Sir Percival and Fosco is explored further through the use of, 'speak to each other without fear of accidents' the use of the exclamatory sentence shows the mood and fear of the secret that it could cause disastrous consequences. The secret also changes the characteristic mood of Count Fosco as the use of 'certain troubles and anxieties', shows that Fosco's once calm and calculated manner is being broken down by this secret. The repetition of ' crisis' also shows the reader that the secret could cause long term problems for the characters involved, the use of pre-modification of 'serious' to describe the crisis reinforces the mood surrounding the secret.
The use of exclamatory and declarative sentence 'if we are to decide on the future at all', this implies that the secret may affect the future. The use of the imperative sentences to show the importance of the decision surrounding the secret 'we must decide secretly to-night' implies that they need to plan what is going to happen in order to keep the secrecy between them. The use of auxiliary verbs reinforces the tension between Count Fosco and Sir Percival, 'what I DO know'. This implies that the secrecy is taking on the characters mood. The use the declarative sentence 'I do NOT know' also shows that Count Fosco is determined to stay

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