The Fox by D. H. Lawrence. Camuffo Francesca V A 2009-2010. The Fox. Title analysis Content Characters. Title analysis. The Fox. Denotative meaning: a fox is a wild animal with reddish–brown fur, a pointed face and a thick tail. Connotative meaning:
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The Fox by D. H. Lawrence Camuffo Francesca V A 2009-2010
The Fox Title analysis Content Characters
Title analysis The Fox Denotative meaning: a fox is a wild animal with reddish–brown fur, a pointed face and a thick tail Connotative meaning: the fox is a symbolic animal: it represents intelligence, shrewdness and cunning
Content • The story tells about: • Two women of nearly 30 years who decide to start a new life on a farm. • They look after chickens, poultry, cows and ducks. • A fox starts to kill their animals • Months pass • A young soldier comes to stay with them • A triangular relationship begins • One of the two girls is killed by the soldier • The soldier can marry the girl
Characters March Banford Henry
March • It is a surname • It recalls the third month of the year • To march • Physical description • Skills and economical situation • Personality and behavior underline some aspects of the character
Benford • It is a surname • To ban (to take distance) • Physical description • Social and economical situation • Family background • Personality (through actions and dialogues) • The reader can know her thoughts underline some aspects of the character
Henry • The narrator gives a lot of information about him • Physical appearance and his clothes • His actions • His past • Social and economical situation • Family background • His work • His personality (through his actions and skills) • His thoughts underline some aspects of the character
Narrator A third person omniscient narrator Styles • free direct speech • direct speech • indirect speech • free indirect speech • showing and telling
Setting • During the First World War • In the country • Near “The White Horse”, Berkshire, west of London. • In the army Atmosphere: Sense of distance and separation from the world The setting creates sadness, anguish and solitude into the reader’s mind.
The message The novel makes the reader reflect on two themes: the wartime and relationships • Poverty • Women had to replace men because they went to fight. • Between two women • Between a man and a woman