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A novel or a collection of short stories may be a question that a critic asks about Rattlebone Maxine Clair portrays both arguments with her energetic writing style A blend of random comments and many unique phrases intermix with the intense plot Writing like this gives the reader a more relaxed state and the book seems more alive and real In answer to the critique question Maxine Clair is writing a novel because of an abundant supply of foreshadowing a collection of narrators a recurrence of characters and a process commonly known to man as aging Suggesting that Rattlebone is in fact a novel foreshadowing occurred in several places during the book Clair uses this writing method by mentioning the name October Brown partly because Brown is involved at the beginning and towards the end of the book Ms Brown became an important part of Irenes life not only by being one of the main reasons for her parents divorce but also by helping Irene accomplish one of her goals The time that occurred between these two events in the book connects Rattlebone and is a very good use of foreshadowing Another example of Clairs use of this writing method is the experience of the divorce between Irenes parents This long-term process displayed Irenes parents as being unforgiving At first his wife forgives James Wilson for the affair that he enjoyed with October Brown but after a period of time Pearl also had her share of the fall in their relationship At this time neither one of Irenes parents would forgive the other nor make up with the other This example again shows the use of foreshadowing by Clair by evolving the event over several chapters with different narrators Irene the narrator in several different stages of the divorce between her parents speaks her feelings of disgust and always tries to keep her parents relationship together Another side of the story comes from October Browns
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