Essay on Narrative Form By Suzanne Keen

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In Narrative Form by Suzanne Keen, it is emphasized that “the most revealing things about characters, of course, are their actions, speeches and thoughts” (66). At the beginning of Chapter 3 in Bleak House, Esther Summerson is heard in a first-person narrative, which gives access to her particular voice and thoughts. The passage that introduces her narrative (page 17 to the first paragraph on page 18) gives a new insight into Esther’s character and subconscious, which are depicted by Dickens’ style and tone of writing, narrative strategy, and how he makes the narrative work within the story. In the opening of Chapter 3, Esther’s first words are: “I have a great deal of difficulty in beginning to write my portion of these pages, for I know I am not clever” (Dickens 17). Her voice is hesitant from the beginning, as Dickens’ successfully depicts her as an innocent, humble narrator. The disclaimer of her cleverness is a noticeable sign of her self-depreciation, which in itself is clever for her narrative. Dickens positions her narrative voice to not be challenged, since Esther states from the beginning that she might get something wrong. It is obvious she is intelligent given the correctness of language Dickens has written for her. She speaks eloquently, with precise grammar and an extensive vocabulary that highlights a formal manner of speaking. In line with her intelligence, Esther is nearly perfect in regard to her appearance and personality. She is pretty yet not vain,…

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