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Based on The Warden, how would we define a Trollopian narrator?

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ssinzinger | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 13, 2011 at 6:34 AM via web

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Based on The Warden, how would we define a Trollopian narrator?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 13, 2011 at 6:23 PM (Answer #1)

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What is fascinating about so many of Trollope's novels, and The Warden is no exception, is that the omniscient narrative stance that is adopted is distinctive through the way in which it contains what are known as authorial asides, where the omniscient narrator seems to scold or gently chide the reader for a predicted response to events in the story that is not justified. Such a narrative mode is also made hilarious through the use of oxymoron, anticlimax and euphemism. However, what is most interesting about a Trollopian narator is the way that he seems to present himself as being rather naive and lacking in worldly wisdom, only to suddenly reveal that he was actually playing with us as readers and that he is able to analyse the characters in a very sophisticated manner. The Trollopian narrator thus seems to delight in taunting us by leading us to believe that he is not so god-like as he first appears to be, only to mock us the next moment by revealing that he has tricked us. Such narrative devices allow the novel to be dominated by humour and irony as well as revealing the profundity of the various characters that we are presented with.

 

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