The narrative voices that Sarah Water uses in her novel Affinity constantly switches between two narrators allowing Waters to explore and contrast different female perspectives and roles in the Victorian era. The narration swaps constantly between the two main characters Margaret and Selina who are the main couple that the narrative is centred around. The narrative connection between the two characters helps to emphasises Water’s focus on homosexual relationships and feminism within the text due to the role that each character plays in the Victorian society. Sarah Water uses the voice of Sel...
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... Rose mocked him, Prue mocked him; Andrew, Jasper and Roger mocked him; even old Badger without a tooth in his head had bit him’ . This passage in To the Lighthouse shows the often confusing similarity between a narrator’s utterance and the omniscient narrator. However Woolf’s intricate use of punctuation signifies the continuation of consciousness, with the repeated use of semi colons which allows reader to distinguish where the stream of consciousness starts and ends.
Overall it is clear that both Sarah Water’s and Virginia Woolf narrative allows them to empower their female protagonist in a plight to show gender inequality they also use there narrative voice and style a different slope. Waters’ focuses not only on the oppression of women but on the oppression of
homosexuality. Whereas Woolf focuses on gender inequality and the deep rooted stereotypes in society.
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