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English 1A03- Timothy Findley.docx

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English
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ENGLISH 1A03
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Lorraine York

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Timothy Findley th -A writer obsessed with human cruelty in the 20 century -Wars, racism, homophobia, and all forms of human intolerance -Wanted to escape guilt of the death of his mentally ill sister -‘Dieppe, 1942” documentary, Timothy Findley and William Whitehead 1. Narration: Childhood and War -First person POV -Ben a “characternym” (specific residence/meaning in names) “le benjamin”= the youngest child -Child is very young, he gets the sense that he is left in the dark when his mother tells his siblings about the battle of Dieppe -Child is evidentially too young to understand  What is the effect of using an extremely young first person narrator? -Child is going to be more honest and blunt, whereas an adult may be less honest and hide things -Less social pressure for a child to hide things -Wants the facts -Child has no concept of war -Retrospective first person -Ben’s innocence mirrors his father’s pre-war innocence; Ben’s tender age is crucial in the story -Ben is abused by his father repeatedly (pp.207) -Ironically the father always picks on Ben, the youngest a
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