Analysis Of The Poem ' The Daughters Of The Late Colonel ' By Katherine Mansfield And Atonement By Ian Mcewan

Analysis Of The Poem ' The Daughters Of The Late Colonel ' By Katherine Mansfield And Atonement By Ian Mcewan

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The Passage of Time
The use of the passage of time in both “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” by Katherine Mansfield and Atonement by Ian McEwan, is not typical of the everyday story. The length of these two pieces contributes to their difference in the usage of manipulating time. “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” being a short story, has less to work with, and the plot line of the story is quite skewed. With a much smaller breadth, it has more of the beginning, middle, end feeling, of a typical story. In contrast, Atonement has much more to work with, being a novel, however this story 's plot line is more subtly shifted. Atonement contains three different time periods, and only in the end do we learn that they are all a recollection from the present, to the past. The use of the passage of time to disrupt a chronological plot line in both “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” and Atonement is quite atypical for stories, and in doing this forces the reader to interpret the events and decipher the chronological order from that of the narrative.
“The Daughters of the Late Colonel” does not read chronologically, this is evident in reading this short story, where large portions are shifted around. The narrative ordering of the story has the beginning set in the middle chronologically, however in reading this for the first time, there is no inclination that it is indeed, set in the middle. This is an occurring theme throughout the short story as the narrative ordering and chronological ordering is hard to interpret between without close reading. The typical narrative follows a distinctive plot line, with the occasional flashback, this style of narrative does not require the attention to the text that “Daughters of the Late Colonel” ...


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...es, although as mentioned, in Atonement nonetheless, the element of surprise is given up in the end. Both stories have a different form of the passage of time in use. Atonement uses time in the form of flashbacks and prolepsis throughout the story to give information or a back-story without having characters talk about it. This is the main way readers learn of past, and potential future events, as well as how the narrative plot line shifts from the chronological. “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” uses the passage of time as a method to almost create a different story, in that there is the narrative story, which can be read one way, and the chronological, which can be read completely differently. The events that unfold in both narrative and chronological are the same, yet shifted around in the narrative, create this unfolding story that the reader has to figure out.

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