Analysis Of James Watson's 'Talking In Whispers'

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Abstract: This essay will examine the 1983 James Watson’s novel “Talking In Whispers” which depicts the lawlessness in Chile. Moreover it will evaluate the effectiveness of Watson’s style to portraying the political situation in Chile during the 1970s. The scope of the essay is restricted to the style the author used to convey the political situation. This essay does not explore the actual coup nor the human rights violations that have occurred directly during and after the raging war between the Junta and the Chileans. Instead it will be focused on analysing the literary techniques employed by the author and the effect they have on the reader on their accuracy describing the political situation in the Chilean anarchy.

Is democracy a vital trait for prosperity? “Talking In Whispers” is novel written in 1983, by British author James Watson, his work has been proclaimed as a universal fight for human rights. The novel depicts the importance of democracy within a society following the dictatorship crisis Chile faced. The novel is centred on showing the difficult theme of oppression in Chile, as seen through the eyes of three teenagers, with great honesty and sincerity. Watson uses realistic characterisation as well as pathetic fallacy, with creative writing styles to convey the need for political freedom and the brutality used by a fascist government which encouraged the Junta to terrorise people in order to stay in power, thus proving the totalitarian atmosphere to
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