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Heinrich Bll uses his novel The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum to attack modern journalistic ethics as well as the values of contemporary Germany The structure of this novel is important to conveying his message He uses a police report format differences in chapter lengths narrator or author intervention a subtitle and the extensive use of the puddle metaphor All these things contribute towards the message in the text The puddle metaphor is the most significant device used in the structure of the novel The puddle means the collective information from all the sources The narrator speaks of the information as fluid and he also talks of the conduction of the information coming from these different sources There are different types of sources There are major and minor sources subterranean streams and sources that can never come together The major sources are the police transcripts Blorna attorney and Hach public prosecutor The minor sources are Katharinas brother Else Woltersheim etc The subterranean streams are the leaks from the offices of the law eg police department Of course this could also be criticizing contemporary Germany for allowing such things to occur The sources that can never come together are the ones that can never be used in a court of law eg the phone conversations The narrator or author uses this metaphor make the story flow and as a way a telling the reader why something has to be done eg the rerouting of the channels since there is something the reader has to know that happened before and the story or the channel cannot continue on its current path In the end the metaphor is used very effectively and the reader can see why it was necessary to think of all the information as just one puddle getting bigger and bigger Of course the narrator makes it very clear that he does not want blood flowing through these channels since the blood as nothing
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