Please dscuss the themes of time and death in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited?

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Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited marks a turn from his earlier, brighter satirical fiction to a more somber elegiac mode.

The most important thing to note about time is that this story is written in the present of Charles Ryder, now a soldier, engaged in serious preparations for war, looking back at the idyll of his university years and homoerotic relationship with Sebastian Flyte. Thuis in dealing with the events of the past, we know in advance that the happy times of Charles' memories are not only fleeting but flown, and this we get a sense of mutability built structurally into the story.

For death, we have actual death (Lady Marchmain), the background of war, and Sebestian's descent into alcoholism.