The Movie People Character Analysis

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The Movie People (2010) is an award winning fictional short story written by Sydney author, Fiona McFarlane. The plot exposition is set in a twentieth-century, small Australian town that has become the focus for a nineteenth-century, Victorian Era film. Text title, ‘the movie people’ symbolises the movie crew, who leave, the townspeople as extras, and the fans – excluding the tourists. Representing the era are allusions such as: scooters; top-hats; crinolines; gas lights; fob watches; Edwardian lase; and so forth. Throughout, the reader follows the third-person limited perspective of an unnamed and unreliable narrator. The protagonist whilst excited is critical of the towns’ fanatics, recalling the past, given through flashbacks and then contrasting…show more content…
‘the man who use to service my scooter now addressed me, looking foolish’. The conflicts are orientated around the loss of business, relationships, and sanity. The rising action is the central goal to reobtain Alice, a deluded wife who intends on marrying the substitute star, Edward Smith-Jones. McFarlane demonstrates charactonym, as these characters share the most popular English-Australian names of the 1800’s – present (Mahabal 2015, WC A 2015, WC B 2015, AC 2015). The climax arises when the husband enters the wedding and beats Edward in a duel, which par history marks banishment. The falling action is Alice and the narrator reuniting. The resolution is a reunited couple and the town living a ‘happy and timeless’ life. However, McFarlane subtly foreshadows unresolved proceedings, with the narrator’s pursuits suffering constant misfortune and oppression. One objective, to reobtain Alice is in a sense a failure with Alice still being Edwards’s Victorian Era wife and vice versa, instead of the…show more content…
Alliteration is the most common technique, seen in: ‘stunned streets’; ‘something shameful’; ‘blank blue’; ‘my main’; ‘frail forests’; the town’; ‘to traffic’; ‘picturesque period’; ‘city commuters’; ‘women who’; ‘that they’; ‘to the’; ‘while watching’; ‘sexy, spinsterly’; ‘smile, shut’; ‘lustful litany’; ‘we were’; ‘premiere party’; ‘potted palms’; ‘star’s stand-in’; ‘were willing’; ‘the tourists’; ‘mistook me’; ‘brass band’; ‘walked with’; ‘her head’; ‘printing press’; ‘small sooty’; ‘before but’; ‘of our’; ‘me – me!’; ‘mock matrimony’; ‘head, he’; ‘sun set’; ‘be, but’; ‘she stands’; ‘that the town’; ‘the truth’; ‘this too’; ‘luckless lovers’; ‘all, a’; ‘fraudulent frock’; ‘wife walks’; and ‘says –surrender’. Similarly, there is consonance: ‘at that’; ‘then began’; ‘had adopted’; ‘women in’; ‘been given an’; ‘butchers, plumbers’; ‘bereft that’; ‘then down’; wife’s parents’; ‘might at’; ‘his legs’; ‘gorgeous mornings’; ‘guiltily ecstatically’; ‘lit, at’; ‘placid old’; ‘flown in’; ‘dignity. Finally’; ‘and selected’; ‘was nervous’; ‘lordly Eddy’; ‘town in’; ‘tedious hours’; ‘dodged and’; ‘danced around’; ‘her counterfeit father’; ‘that night’; and

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