Marching Through A Novel By John Updike Analysis

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In “Marching Through a Novel,” by John Updike, Updike conveys a complex relationship between novelist and characters, portraying the author as a god-like figure whose characters are left to his whims and wishes. Updike accomplishes this characterization through his diction, imagery and use of metaphor.
Updike conveys this relationship with vivid imagery throughout the poem. His diction, such as “Misty faces,” “unraveling bandages,” “trench warfare,” and “a harsh taskmaster” all create ominous imagery for the reader; the poem also seems to have a dark mood or create a kind of helplessness. The poem seems like the author wants to help his characters described in the poem, but he is unable to for some reason.
Updike uses several metaphors

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