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The Force of Circumstance Question In what ways is this story dated Does it still retain the interest and sympathy of the modern day reader and if so how The Force of Circumstance is set in colonial Malaysia so naturally the attitudes and views of the characters concerned are different to those of the present day The most obvious example is the racial difference where the white colonists exploit and treat the natives as inferior beings Another example are the references made to the characters such as when Doris notices a mixed race child and calls him half-caste something that would be considered offensive nowadays I think although some of the terms and ideology are dated it adds to the atmosphere of the book When reading a book the reader must get into the mindset of the characters to fully enjoy and comprehend the story So although some aspects of this story may be dated I think I could say yes it does retain the interest and sympathy of the modern day reader Although the facts of the story having a native wife leaving the family may be hard to relate to the emotions that surround them are not This story revolves around loneliness and the effect it can have on a person as well as the consequences The consequences are Doriss leaving Guy after she finds out he had a native wife and children Doris finds this completely unthinkable whereas Guy seems to think it perfectly natural In todays society this would be deemed more or less acceptable considering the circumstances The two conflicting ideas result in Doris moving back to England and Guys native wife moving back in with him Emotions are timeless and no matter what situation they are placed in they seem to evoke sympathy Modern or not the reader should be aware to fully understand and enjoy the ideas and resulting emotions
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