Analysis Of Lucy Snowe's Villette

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The passage appears at the end of volume 1 of Villette, just after Lucy Snowe’s paralyzing episode in which she questions her future, those who loved her and even her life. It is this moment of doubt that propels Snowe forward into a dizzying torment of anguish and despair as she wrestles with herself and the outside world. Her language and diction used in these ending thoughts of the first volume underscore both essences of internal and external turmoil as she becomes entangled in the force of the storm: In this moment, it is apparent that Lucy Snowe has undergone a momentous shift reflected in the diction, which portrays the passing of a violent, and tumultuous storm. Indeed, Snowe’s conflict mirrors that of the storm as she finds herself…show more content…
F or Paulina, the present is merely an interval to be endured, since she is bound by her longings for the future and by her losses in the past. The temporal paradox of feeling arises because the present is interrupted from within by a habit of unhappiness, by the repeated insistence of grief and ardor that signals to other times and places. Again, though, this division between the inner and outer sense of things defines the peculiar kind of intimacy which emerges in this text. In the passage above, for instance, the narrator conveys to the reader with the word “trembling” her empathy for the young girl’s authentic feeling and her stoicism, necessary in a world where her emotional needs can be neither met nor…show more content…
To seek to discuss the novel’s construction, for instance, in more comprehensively detailed terms, is to find oneself confronted by the necessity of accounting for the kinds of provocation, refusal, or contempt that seem evident in its many ostensible narrative defects or excesses—for instance, the text’s hasty and foreshortened treatment of plot, its repeated implausibilities and coincidences, its arbitrary, dis integrated, extemporized phases of narration, its gaps and enigmas, the sheer extendedness of its wandering, abandoned, destitute, disorientated, or surreal intervals, its gothic elements, its banal and dismissive resolution of the narrative of the ghostly nun, its exploration of altered, delirious, griefstricken, and disintegrated states of mind, its misleading use of narrative cues, its broadcasting of divergent and synthesized elements within a sentence or paragraph, and so

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