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I very much enjoyed The Sea The Sea Iris Murdochs adept writing talents are present throughout and she utilises a skilful method of characterisation that almost creeps up on the reader Despite the protagonist being a contemptuous person I nevertheless felt rather sympathetic towards him The first section of the book entitled Prehistory is very lengthy and contains detailed trivialities The information the reader is given seems at first to be inconsequential but one later discovers that it is the perfect set-up for us to ascertain Charless true character Once the people from Charless past begin to appear on his doorstep we learn that Charles is actually an egotistical bore who has used his position and promises of love to exert power over those around him The unreliable narrator is often shown as a figure of stupidity less capable at deciphering what surrounds them than the reader The reader consequently unfolds the true meaning of events by interpreting the narrators incorrect account of the story By implementing the technique of an unreliable narrator Murdoch forces the reader to be acutely conscious of the vital part that memory and subjectivity play in recreating the text in a cohesive and significant narrative form What markedly reveals Charless unreliability as a narrator is his perspective on James and his apparent relationship with him We begin to see that his stance is very subjective in his own favour as he recalls oblique childhood memories of James and reflects that his life is more successful than Jamess As the story continues we discover that James is virtually a saintly person who feels very satisfied with his life - quite the opposite of Charles As an unreliable narrator Charles is seen to be manipulating history to suit his own purposes and reforming his facts and information in an attempt to make the reader give in to his fundamental position However he does not even seem to be aware
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