Writing Techniques in Work: A Story of Experience

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Work is devised to convey stages in a spiritual journey, and is marked by rather distinct sections. The first six chapters, perhaps worked on by the author as early as 1861, are episodic and simple, with one type of employment after another explored. Each work experience ends in a crisis or realization which leads to the next step in spiritual progress. A shift in narrative structure occurs after Chapter 6, which—critics have surmised—may be a result of a more skilled author taking up the novel again after a lapse of eleven or so years. By Chapter 7, when Christie is led to the brink of suicide, a more complex section begins in which meetings occur with characters devised to inculcate deeper perspectives on self and work.

Another shift seems to occur with the outbreak of the Civil War, when Christie's domestic idyll is disrupted.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Work: A Story of Experience from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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