Positive And Negative Stereotypes

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As stated by Korte, the “fictional representation” of journalists “has unfolded in a wide range of modes”. It is the emphasize of “positive and negative stereotypes” this paper set its main focus on. The “figures with an aura of adventure, romance and heroism but also professional recklessness” (cf. Korte) get introduced through the characterization of Rufus and Zaq and maintained during the whole storyline. The two characters embody the conflict between the idealistic and disillusioned point of view on the human rights and environmental abuses as journalists since, as Korte states, “audiences flooded with images and news bites from wars all over the globe and on a daily basis seem to be in particular need of a personal interpreter” which Habila provides through these reporters. The use of journalist characters evolved towards the end of the nineteenth century as a new class of fiction (cf. Good) to narrate the fact in a way to “let readers participate in the fictional correspondent 's perceptions, thoughts and feelings (cf. Korte). Habila himself states during an interview that informing about the reality wasn 't his primary goal but a good side effect coming with reporting about actual events (cf. Zerza). He expresses: I did not want to make it too much of a political novel. I wanted to carry the reader into this landscape that 's being destroyed and show the people who are also being destroyed. The big people—the oil companies and the government—they are in the

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