Look at the structure of the novel.
1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?
2) Away from the main character, Charles, examine the way Waugh uses the other characters in the story. Does he use him or her for dramatic effect or comic aside? When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?
Discuss 's Waugh's life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book?
Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: "Brideshead Revisited's bias toward the upper classes takes away fromthe dramatic impact of the novel." Use two examples from the novel to support your argument.
Compare the characters of Charles and...
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