Tag Archives: Wilkie Collins

Reversing Traditional Gender Roles

After Miss Clack’s lengthy moralizing and over the top narration, it is a relief to hear from the more rationally minded Mr. Blake. The contrast between these narrators particularly becomes clear when Mr. Blake confronts Rachel about her seemingly ill-founded … Continue reading

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Rachel: a portrait of a “modern” woman?

As the Betteredges’s narrative progresses, I was particularly struck by the portait of Miss Rachel and her marriage plot of the two suitors. Our narrator describes her first as “difficult […] to fathom” and then presents many of her characteristics … Continue reading

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To Trust a Storyteller…?

Wilkie Collins makes the reliability of the narrator an immediate and persistent question in The Moonstone. In the prologue, Collins writes, “And I declare, on my word of honour, that what I am now about to write is, strictly and … Continue reading

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