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As a reader I found that the characters in The Collector contribute to my understanding of the text In The Collector by John Fowles the readers engagement with Miranda and Clegg helps them to understand Fowles idea of a class dominated society in England during the 1960s The Collector is a novel that compares the upper middle-class where Miranda is placed in the societal ladder and lower working class such as Clegg Miranda belongs to a class where she feels comfortable and trys not to be class predjucided In contrast Clegg who comes from a working class family obviously looks down on his companions that belong to that same class as him Eventhough he is of the same social stature he believes that he is better than his peers It is obvious that Clegg is uncomfortable where he stands on the social ladder The Collector is a novel that compares the upper middle-class where Miranda is placed in the societal ladder and lower working class such as Clegg The setting of The Collector is important because we become associated with Cleggs character Through the use of setting we see the character of Clegg as abnormal and we reject Clegg and everything he stands for The Collector has several settings The settings are centered around the house that Clegg bought in the South of Sussex Within this area settings include the cellar or dungeon and the outside world Within the text Clegg who uses first person narration refers to Miranda as an object shut up in his perverted little world where he is free He shuts Miranda up in her dungeon because she is better than him though through class He believes that he can proceed to her social stature if he were to captur and hold her prisioner Although Clegg holds Miranda as his prisioner he does not proceed to her class but instead constantly critizes her because of this Clegg locks Miranda into
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