Narrative Techniques in « Girlfriend in a Coma »

4 novembre 2012

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Coupland presents dialogue from Richard’s perspective to give the reader a better sense of Richard’s relationships with his girlfriend and her friends.

Coupland uses italics to show the characters intonation in the dialogue. Air Jordan 2 This gives the reader a better sense of the teenagers’ personalities and dynamics amongst each other.

Structurally, New Balance Pas Cher Copeland flows directly from first person narrative to dialogue and back to first person narrative. nike air max nere Joe Flacco Ravens Jerseys He presents many cultural references through both the narrative and the dialogues, setting the time and place of the novel.

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These small snippets are filled with social and cultural cues related to teenage high school life in late 70s and early 80s.

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