Monday, February 24, 2014

Chapter 2

Parallel - "Brenda among them was elegantly simple..." (14)
"right from the start she was a practical girl." (7)
Paralleling to what Neil described about Brenda in Chapter 1, how she is a practical girl. In Chapter 2, she is described as being simple, echoing the first description of her from Neil.

Contrast - "The next day I held Brenda's glasses for her once again, this time not as a momentary servant but as an afternoon guest." (14)

Contrasts to the time when he first held her glasses, where Neil felt momentarily like a slave.

 Props -  Brenda's Sunglasses (14) - Neil seems to make this object very important as it is connected to the relationship he has with Brenda. He relates how he feels to Brenda, to how he feels when holding her sunglasses.

Class Consciousness - "I could not shake firmly from my elephant's brain that she-still-thinks-we-live-in-Newark remark." (26) Class judgment, as he felt talked down to by Brenda when she made the remark, since she is wealthy and does not live In Newark, while Neil does.

Language - "I did not want to voice a word that would lift the cover and reveal the hideous emotion I always felt for her, and is the underside of love." (27) In short Neil says this entire time he has lusted after Brenda. While I'm not really sure if he confuses love with lust here, Neil is openly admitting to the reader he lusts after Brenda.

Meaningful - Using the quote from the "Language" section, the passage clarifies to the reader the feelings that Neil feels towards Brenda. He seems to be confusing love with lust, or has possibly realized that he loves her, but a definite part of it has to do with him physically lusting after her.

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