The narrator's views of social prejudice are conveyed through the
experience of Jane the main character.
"My father and I hadn't said a word to each other when I went home for
my things. He's told me to go and I was going; he didn't care where
and so why should I tell him?"
The above opening quotation is from 'The L-shaped Room' written by
Lynne Reid Banks. It captures an insight into the attitudes of the
time. The author mainly focuses on reflecting the journey Jane faces
through her "unwanted pregnancy," coping with emotional difficulties
and the dilemmas that face her. I feel the novel made me sympathetic
towards Jane, as the novel kept me captivated; with many twists and
turns and several situations came across, each with a unique moral;
but I focused throughout towards Jane. I cared about her and wanted to
know how she fought through her struggles and eventually gained
strength. I intend to examine how the social morality of the time made
Jane's life a misery responding to use of figurative language and the
highly developed writing techniques used by the author.
The novel is set in 1960s due to the changes in society when few
opportunities were given to woman to experience some freedom, but
still not as equal to men. The narrative is told from the point of
view of Jane who is in her mid-twenties. This helps me to sympathise
with her as she explains her personal feelings of how she copes as a
young single woman. She was turned out her comfortable middle class
home by her father, who is shocked, hearing that she is pregnant. It
is a narrative that follows Jane through her journey of pregnancy to
self realisation and fulfilment. 'The L-shaped Room' is her ro...
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... “better” and
“worse.” In a strict moral code parents are more demanding and expect
alot from their children which takes away freedom and some rights to
an extent. However it may lead to increased happiness as no one will
go out of turn or do an outrageous act due to the society’s influence.
On the other hand a strict moral code would not account for
individual’s special needs or feelings because they would not be dealt
with and ignored as the social code would be enforced.
I think ‘The L-Shaped Room’ is a clearly well structured novel which
is true to life as in some society’s or countries individuals have no
rights. The novel provokes a message across that this is a preparation
for real life, as this could happen if you go astray and don’t think
about the consequences. In my viewpoint Jane as a character can be
admired for her strength that she gains.
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