Shadow in the North Literary Qualities

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Pullman employs various literary techniques in his work, the most notable being his use of symbolism, the suspense that permeates the story, and his narrative style. The symbolism used places Bellmann and Sally as polar opposites of evil and good, and their descriptions highlight this. At one point in the story, Charles jokingly says that Mackinnon must be being chased by Mephistopheles, and it would appear that this remark is not too far from the truth. Bellmann resembles Mephistopheles in his quest for power. Bellmann controls peoples lives and, in the case of Lord Wytham, their souls. He maneuvers politicians with financial incentives, decides who shall live and die according to his desires, and believes himself to be a savior. Outwardly, Bellmann maintains the appearance of polished, genteel goodness—he aligns himself with charities and builds recreational facilities for the towns that house his factories...

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