Chapter victim to a capitalist society, foreshadowing what will

Chapter nine, specifically the beginning paragraph,
helps the plot of The Go-Between
intensify as it is the chapter where Leo Coulson and Ted Burgess start to
really build a strong relationship, here it makes it more believable when Leo
is describing it as we realise that he is recalling it still, Ted has still
left an impression on older Leo and making him remember the feelings as an
adult creates sympathy from the readers. Here we start to get emotionally
invested in this particular friendship as it almost feels as if we are
eavesdropping in between two friends. Hartley has done this to make it more of
a shock factor for when Ted commits suicide in a later chapter. The strong uses
of rhetorical devices contribute to The Go-Between
as a novel, giving it a deeper meaning and pulling at the heartstrings of its
readers as well as the small jokes that are developed between the two; “‘No
blood on this one,’ he said humorously” (Page 94 The Go-Between). In addition, the constant portrayal of Ted being
related to nature throughout the novel symbolises his personality “he was
usually working in the harvest Fields,” emphasise how ‘down to earth’ and
natural Ted is, as a person he is not artificial. Hartley is trying hard to
make the reader like Ted, portraying him mainly as a victim to a capitalist
society, foreshadowing what will be the reason he commits suicide; because of
his class. This allows not only Leo to build a strong relationship with Ted but
also us as readers develop strong emotions. Conflicting views are prominent
when The first time we as readers are introduced to a weapon and when it is
mentioned; when Ted is seen “standing with his gun waiting for the
rabbits,” (Page 93 The Go-Between)
Hartley is made it so the readers notice it before Leo does as it allows us to
interpret Leo’s reactions and understand his emotions when he comes to the
realisation that that particular weapon ends his close friends life. Moreover,
this derisive imagery is followed by an almost ironic reading, Leo describes
Ted as being the “colour of corn between red and gold” (Page 92 The Go-Between) this oxymoron between
the two colours, ‘red’ connoting danger and anger whilst ‘gold’ connotes
richness and is usually used to describe the sun or later on in the chapter a
description of “Golden afternoons” (Page 94 The
Go-Between). The suggestion that Ted is ‘in-between’ the two colours
suggests ambiguity, his life is not simple and will not end easily, blatantly
foreshadowing what happens to him.


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