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Analyse the ways in which Wilkie Collins constructs the narrative in The Moonstone During the period The Moonstone was written in the late 1860s detective novels were unheard of This made Collins objective all the more challenging He had set out to write a detective stories that would get people hooked for generations To do this he constructed a very complex and in depth set of narratives that interact and play off each other Unlike the many detective novels to follow he does not just write a linear story from the one point of view but manages to successfully alternate between a number of narratives contributed by many of the main characters With this way of writing Collins who is very sympathetic to the so called freaks of Victorian society manages to make the reader accept the freaks as normal human beings For example he portrays limping Lucy as a poor harmless young woman whom has no friends except Rosanna because of her looks For me the reader this made me think about how hard it must really have been to have had a disability in Victorian society and also must have changed the hard hearted opinions of some Victorian readers Although this was a very good piece of descriptive and emotional writing in the book and in my belief very well adapted for the1972 edition on BBC 1 I think that in the 1996 edition on BBC 2 this particular section was not acted very well as Lucy was cast as a very spiteful and selfish character The way the narrative is written has some positive and some negative effects on the story as a whole On the positive side it does not allow you to get bored with the book It achieves this by changing the way you think about the book every so often For example when Gabriel Betteredge is narrating you believe every word he says and take it at
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