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The Axe written by Penelope Fitzgerald and Hanwell in Hell written by Zadie Smith both display a first person account of masculinity and labour through a first person male perspective Through the similarities in narrative styles the authors are able to comment on the facts that men who men who conformed to the idea the English gentlemen did increasing well within the workforce considering the labour conditions of the time In comparison men who conflicted with this form were subject to diminished labour From analyzing both narratives there is a common element that can be seen between both pieces Both of these essays are written in the form a letter and therefore from a first person perspective This type of narrative style not only adds to the idea that there are two types of masculinity during twentieth century Britain but also proves that these personalities contribute to their own personal labour development Joe Bray author of Epistolary Novel argues that a novel written in the form of a letter shows that it regards this type of format as fundamental to the novels development of increasingly sophisticated ways of representing an individuals psychology Bray 2 Bray expresses the idea that from this type of narrative format a reader is able to gain an insight into the conscious being of the narrator A first person perspective creates an intimate insight into the experiences of the narrator In this case because the narrators in each story are male the insight I have gained from reading each text is a genuine account of a male living in Britain during this time period Being male every event and emotion is filtered through his or her eyes They are presenting readers with a position to comment on events and convey information to the reader The narrative format of a letter in connection with a first person perspective of a male living in twentieth century Britain supports the actions thoughts feelings
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