Narrative Judgments on the Love and Friendship in Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 8, Issue 5, September 2020, Pages: 305-314
Received: Aug. 19, 2020;
Accepted: Sep. 8, 2020;
Published: Sep. 19, 2020
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Liu Maosheng, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Yang Junting, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
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Julian Barnes is famous in contemporary literary world. His works have attracted many readers all over the world for his variety of writing style and his unceasing exploration of the truth of history and memory. As the Man Booker Prize winning novel in 2011, The Sense of an Ending mainly tells the story of the protagonist Tony Webster’s love relationship with Veronica Ford and his friendship with Adrian Finn through recalling the past. Taking the changing relationship among Tony, Veronica and Adrian as the main line, this paper mainly analyzes the different interpretive, ethical and aesthetic judgments and re-judgments made by Tony, the protagonist and the first person narrator, and the reader on the love and friendship in the novel in the light of James Phelan’s theory of narrative judgments. Through analysis, this paper shows the organic connections between the three types of narrative judgments, which not only promotes the narrative progression of the novel, but also realizes the perfect integration of the novel in narrative form, narrative ethics and narrative aesthetics. This process shows Barnes’ doubts about the reliability of human memory, which provides a better way for readers to understand the novel and appreciate Barnes’ superb narrative art.
Julian Barnes, The sense of an Ending, Narrative Judgments, Narrative Art
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Narrative Judgments on the Love and Friendship in Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending, International Journal of Literature and Arts.
Vol. 8, No. 5,
2020, pp. 305-314.
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