Narrative Questions The Importance Of The Storyteller Essay

899 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Cary Davies ' narrative questions the importance of the storyteller in the modern tale. Davies engages the reader in thinking about the narrative we are reading by presenting multiple narratives. Davies uses free indirect discourse, playing on the internal and external thoughts of her characters. The metafictional engagement between the 3rd person narrator and Arthur Pritt, who tells a story within Jubilee, questions the importance of Arthur 's role as a story teller.

Metafiction is 'stories [which] have something to tell us about stories themselves '. In Jubilee, the reader is conscious of the telling of stories, as well as, who is narrating them, and the metafictional qualities reveal the insignificance of the storyteller. Walter Benjamin defines a storyteller as someone who 'makes [the story] the experience of those who are listening to his tale '. Davies explores the experience of a storyteller through Arthur. Simultaneously, his character explores the effect of the story on his narration and the shared experience from his telling of a tale. Through self-reflexive methods, Davies questions whether the 'novelist has isolated [themselves], or if the storyteller is, in fact, unimportant.

Davies uses Arthur Pritt’s narrative to highlight the insignificance of his role as a storyteller. Previous to this extract Arthur had been telling his own story. In one sentence Arthur’s narration is muted and internalised. Arthur 'wondered ' and his narration becomes a thought.…

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