Mark Helprin Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Mark Helprin Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Each of Mark Helprin’s novels features a carefully developed, multilayered plot. Helprin pays particular attention to descriptive details and limits the use of literary devices such as symbolism and allusion, yet imagery is key. Most of the stories are narrated in plain language, with flashbacks commonly used to fill in gaps in the characters’ lives. Helprin’s characters live in a world in which time is told by the seasons; horses, trains, and airplanes are more common than cars; and common standards and values exist among all people. Recurring themes are those of father-son loyalty; the strengths of friendship, especially among men; the beauty of women and children; and the ability to turn weaknesses into strengths. The...

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