2 “The Demon Lover” Allusion English Ballad Absent lover Intervening marriageDesertion upon lover’s return
3 “The Demon Lover” Setting and Mood PRESENT Month and year: August, 1941War: London Blitz WWIIHouse with cracks on a deserted streetWeather: Humid, sunny day interrupted by rainPASTAugust 1916, WWI
4 “The Demon Lover” Setting and Mood Shut-up house Steamy, showery day Humid, yellow, afternoon sunBatch of clouds…ink-darkBroken chimneyCat wove itselfNo human eye watcher Mrs. Drover’s return
5 “The Demon Lover” Setting and Mood Death and Decay War destroyed London - blitzBuildings and silenceAbandonedLives lost
6 Flashback & Foreshadowing “The Demon Lover”Flashback & ForeshadowingFiancé left for war and went missingLetter signed “K” from fiancéFiancé aliveIndicates she might have to confront himShe broke promise
7 “The Demon Lover” PoV 3rd Person Omniscient God-like perspective not restricted to time and placeSwitches to 1st person – why?
8 “The Demon Lover” Protagonist Mrs. Kathleen Drover Age:44 years oldFamily:husband, 3 boys, sisterPhysical appearanceThin from wartime rationsStability and dependabilityCompletely unnerved by the letter
9 “The Demon Lover” Symbolism Structurally unsound HOUSE Wartime damage Mrs. Drover’s PSYCHE is damaged by warMuscular flicker on the side of her mouthLost husband, displaced familyLetter and taxi – exist??
10 “The Demon Lover” Symbolism The CLOCK Passage of time Importance of timeWWI – peace – WWII
11 “The Demon Lover” Symbolism The LETTER Signed by “K” – her own initial WWII triggers repressed memories of WWI – loverCannot 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 herHeaven (save) or Hell (torture)Can’t escape from taxi…WARDriverOnly sees his faceCan’t remember face of fiancéDoes it/he exist??Who do you think it is??
13 “The Demon Lover” Themes Appearance vs. Reality Similar to “The Necklace”Heaven vs. HellSanity vs. Insanity
14 “The Demon Lover” Themes Death vs. Life – surviving the war War vs. Peace – after WWIWar disrupts Drover’s familyTakes her fiancéInternal war of lover returningWar or driver cause her to scream in taxi?
15 “The Demon Lover” By Elizabeth Bowen Does she see the visage of her fiancé?ORDoes she have an emotional and psychological breakdown?