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Drug addiction is portrayed through the experiences of the three central figures. I will show how structure, language and characterisation help the reader to better understand the highs and lows of drug addiction. At start of novel

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Drug addiction is portrayed through the experiences of the three central figures. I will show how structure, language and characterisation help the reader to better understand the highs and lows of drug addiction

  • At start of novel

  • Multiple unreliable narrators - helps us truly understand personal experiences

  • Structure of novel allows us to follow each character through their own relationship with heroin

  • First impressions of Tar/Gemma/Lily

  • hedonism

  • dramatic irony

  • allure

  • catalyst

  • Pivotal scene

  • Tar’s experience of trying drugs

  • See effects of heroin on both Tar and Gemma

  • Drugs seem glamorous and appealing, even sexy

  • Lily’s role in the scene

  • sordid

  • Middle of the novel

  • How have all the characters been affected by drugs?

  • Negative aspects of drugs being clearly demonstrated

  • Lily’s presentation in middle of novel

  • nihilistic

  • tragic

  • Self-destructive

  • End of the novel

  • Show how their lives and characteristics have changed

  • Gemma is more positive, upbeat, a survivor and has recovered

  • Tar is still an addict and controlled by drugs

  • Lily’s presentation at end- has been destroyed by addiction

  • Show how the character of Lily personifies the good and bad of heroin


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