Henry green

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Class in Henry Green's Party Going, a novel on pre revolutionary social classes Nearly all authors would like their books read by as many readers as possible. They will want to inspire readers, leaving the book open to all kind of interpretations, the reader will see the clues to use to understand his version of the plot. When the story issimple and the ideas of the author clear it leaves less room for the readers imagination to work. By consequence it won't be accessible to as many readers, for the readers that don't like the ideas of the novel will not be able to imagine a different version that they prefer. In contrast, in real literature, also called art, the writers writer will fill his text with symbols and experimentalwriting so that the room for interpretation is so big that anybody can have their own theory on the novel. This is the case for Henry Green's Party Going. In this novel nothing really happens, in brief, on a friday night a group of very rich londoners try to get a train boat to France but because of the fog they are trapped in the station with a mass of people waiting for the trains to move. Nearly thewhole novel is spent with this party in the station's hotel waiting. At the end of the novel there is no conclusion of any kind either. All is left open for the readers interpretation. For me as a reader, I found the allusions to social classes, especially upper and lower class very frequent in the text. The author's experiment of putting a rich group of people in the middle of a mass of workingclass, is so interesting from a sociological point a view that even if the mass of people is only in the background, it can't possibly be put aside. In the following analysis, I will interpret the novel as a work on social classes. Starting with the narrative style, I will show how the narrator often uses his personal experiences to make the characters as realistic as possibles. Just by dialoguehe makes them convincing and alive in the minds of the readers. Secondly I will analyse the characters in general and how they relate so well to their class. Thirdly using Julia's character I will go through the important passages of the book relating to class. Fourthly, I will analyse more closely class in reference to other critics. And finally, going back to the idea that nothing happens in thisnovel, nothing happens between the classes either, it is a static society, there is no physical contact and no reaction from the crowd, nothing seems to build up. The hopelessness and emptiness of this society could be the narrators way prediction a declining upper class. Starting with the narrative aspect of the novel, we can see that there is no main

character but a cast of people each withtheir importance. The narrator tries to include himself in the party because he uses reported and direct speech mixed with indirect speech . He seems so know about the characters before they do, as if he was invisible, he is a link between the reader and the characters. For example when Alex says “why he said he would wait for me at his flat”, the narrator adds “(this was not true)”(411). Eachcharacter has its point of view and with Henry Green the situation can look completely different if you base your analysis on one character or an other. This is also true of people in real life, and shows how this novel is very realistic. In an interview (Green 136-7), Green says a novelist is like a painter, a sculptor, he creates life that is not. Today the way to create life is by dialogue,because we don't send letters but phone. Dialogue is the way of creating people that are not alive in the minds of people that are. When this happens the reader will find the character convincing (Bedford Glossary). In the novel the characters are so convincing that you wonder if the author met them at some point. What we know of his life is that his farther had a factory, so he was in contact with...