In The Skin Of A Lion

"Let me now re-emphasise the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects" How Ondaatje makes use of "loosness" in the novel. In "" by Michael Ondaatje, "the extreme looseness of the structure of all objects" is carried into the themes, characters and into the nature of the novel itself. Ondaatje uses a "looseness" in the style of the novel - post modernism, and "looseness of structure" in the way that people are able to stretch and expand their boundaries: transform or mask themselves into someone not typical of their social group. This novel was written in the late 1980s and is classified as a post-modern work. Essentially, "" has ...

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of human order". Ondaatje does not tell the stories loosely and scattered with no real purpose in mind, he employs recurring images and motifs, for e.g. moths and insects, feldspar. This is to provide continuity and relevance, and helps him to give a view on the untold history of Toronto. An emphasis is placed on the story that comes from different viewpoints and angles - the "chaos", and then structures it so that its order of history is "very faint, very human" as opposed to official histories. It takes every single word from the first page to the last, in order to make sense of the meanings, which "travel languorously like messages in a bottle". The novel’s storyline is not linear, it slides from one character to the next, then slips and loses itself in the time that it created, "five years earlier, or ten years into the future..." The prologue only makes sense once the end is reached, and the bits in between all mingle and melt into ...

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noon […] onto the blue metal", has a certain rhythm in the words and sentences, "Taking an innocent step/He would fall through the air and die", "joined by a rope - one on each slope", that somewhat mirrors lines in poetry. Poetic devices are in the scene of the puppet-show. Similes "Machine locked in habit", economic use of words "exhausted statuary", and repetition "There. There. There" effectively convey a vivid image to the reader. There is not just flexibility in the structure of the novel and how it is written, it is also carried into themes. One of the issues deals with the looseness of boundaries, especially the boundaries ...

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