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1 “THE DEMON LOVER” By Elizabeth Bowen

2 “THE DEMON LOVER” Allusion English Ballad English Ballad Absent lover Absent lover Intervening marriage Intervening marriage Desertion upon lover’s return Desertion upon lover’s return

3 “THE DEMON LOVER” Setting and Mood PRESENT PRESENT Month and year: August, 1941 Month and year: August, 1941 War: London Blitz WWII War: London Blitz WWII House with cracks on a deserted street House with cracks on a deserted street Weather: Humid, sunny day interrupted by rain Weather: Humid, sunny day interrupted by rain PAST PAST August 1916, WWI August 1916, WWI

4 “THE DEMON LOVER” Setting and Mood Shut-up house Shut-up house Steamy, showery day Steamy, showery day Humid, yellow, afternoon sun Humid, yellow, afternoon sun Batch of clouds…ink-dark Batch of clouds…ink-dark Broken chimney Broken chimney Cat wove itself Cat wove itself No human eye watcher Mrs. Drover’s return No human eye watcher Mrs. Drover’s return

5 “THE DEMON LOVER” Setting and Mood Death and Decay War destroyed London - blitz War destroyed London - blitz Buildings and silence Buildings and silence Abandoned Abandoned Lives lost Lives lost

6 “THE DEMON LOVER” Flashback & Foreshadowing Fiancé left for war and went missing Fiancé left for war and went missing Letter signed “K” from fiancé Letter signed “K” from fiancé Fiancé alive Fiancé alive Indicates she might have to confront him Indicates she might have to confront him She broke promise She broke promise

7 “ THE DEMON LOVER” PoV 3 rd Person Omniscient God-like perspective not restricted to time and place Switches to 1st person – why?

8 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Protagonist Mrs. Kathleen Drover Age: 44 years old Family: husband, 3 boys, sister Physical appearance Thin from wartime rations Stability and dependability Completely unnerved by the letter

9 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Symbolism Structurally unsound HOUSE Wartime damage Mrs. Drover’s PSYCHE is damaged by war Muscular flicker on the side of her mouth Lost husband, displaced family Letter and taxi – exist??

10 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Symbolism The CLOCK Passage of time Importance of time WWI – peace – WWII

11 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Symbolism The LETTER Signed by “K” – her own initial WWII triggers repressed memories of WWI – lover Cannot remember lover’s face (may be Everyman) War is a DEMON that lingers over her

12 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Symbolism The TAXI and the DRIVER Knows where to take her Heaven (save) or Hell (torture) Can’t escape from taxi…WAR Driver Only sees his face Can’t remember face of fiancé Does it/he exist?? Who do you think it is??

13 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Themes Appearance vs. Reality Similar to “The Necklace” Heaven vs. Hell Sanity vs. Insanity

14 “ THE DEMON LOVER” Themes Death vs. Life – surviving the war War vs. Peace – after WWI War disrupts Drover’s family Takes her fiancé Internal war of lover returning War or driver cause her to scream in taxi?

15 “THE DEMON LOVER” By Elizabeth Bowen Does she see the visage of her fiancé? OR Does she have an emotional and psychological breakdown?


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