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Old Vs New in Jubilee Graham Greenes Jubilee is a short story about an ageing male prostitute Mr Chalfont and his encounter with Amy another ageing prostitute in a Mayfair bar The story is set on the aftermath of the Jubilee celebrations of King George Vs 25 years of reign in 1935 But instead of focusing on the celebrations as the title of the story would suggest the story goes further to examine the different meanings of the term jubilee and to explore the topics of ageing and how times change and with it the society and its values The story is narrated in the 3rd person without any specific narrator voice telling the story In this respect the story is written very much in the popular fiction style because in addition to the absence of narrator there is no apparent commenting on the characters or their actions But still there is some unexplainable warmth expressed toward the characters that unconsciously affects the reader and the response towards the characters For example the first impression that is given of Amy describes her as somewhat gaudy and loud but also as a woman who enjoys life Her face was familiar but unnoted like that of someone you pass every day at the same place She was vulgar she was cheerful she was undoubtedly rich p 1430 So although the narrative style is strictly objective the story is not indifferent toward the struggles and hardships the characters have endured and never criticises their choice of lifestyle or actions The sentences tend to be short and written in a relatively simple language On the other hand the neutrality and outsiders view approach of the narrating also comes apparent in the way that less and less information seems to be given on the thoughts of the characters and the purpose of the story as it progresses This requires the reader to examine the text further and
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