A-level (as and a2) english revision looking at the key characters of micheal frayns books spies character include stephen, barbara, keith, mr hayward and mrs hayward the video and text below explore the key characters in the novel spies by michael frayn his father is a german jew and his mother is english. Spies works as a mystery, as a war story and as a coming-of-age narrative the only thing it can't quite be, despite its author's intellectual background, is a work of philosophy the only thing it can't quite be, despite its author's intellectual background, is a work of philosophy.
The narrator, an old stephen wheatley, struggles to place a scent that prompts a strange, uneasy feeling in him each year we are introduced to some of the characters he remembers from his past that will play a vital part of the up and coming action of the novel (keith and his parents, aunty dee and. Through the medium of this essay i will be looking at these ironic narratives, focusing on chapter 3 a lot goes on in this third chapter the chapter picks-up on the revelation at the end of chapter 2 that keith, stephen’s best friend, firmly believes that his mother (keith’s) is a german spy. Novel titles topics: novel, the progress of richard hunter a novel o five hundred dollars or, jacob marlowe's secret a novel o frank and fearless or, the fortunes of jasper kent a novel o frank's campaign or, the farm and the camp a novel. Spies is a novel written by michael frayn, based in the 1940’s, that is an interesting insight into living in the times of world war 2 the narrator, stephen, goes back to his home town and reminisces about the adventures he and his best friend stephen went on.
Spies by micheal frayn chapter 1 the narrator, an old stephen wheatley, struggles to place a scent that prompts a strange, uneasy feeling in him each year to some of the characters he remembers from his past that will play a vital part of the up and coming action of the novel (keith and his parents, aunty dee and stephen's own family.
Suggested essay topics discuss the theme of the individual vs society, and how characters either conform to or rebel against societal expectations. Well, the time is world war ii, and stephen and his friend keith become convinced that keith's mother is a german spy they follow her and spy on her and in the process stumble on -- or at least near -- a very different secret. The novel spies is made up of a variety of narrative styles and narrative shifts this results in the reader having to form an opinion and view of their own through this presentation of hindsight posted by shaniakjones at 14:55 no keith's mother, stephen's son understanding son/ pressure from daughter in-law keiths mum - 90's or dead.
Michael frayn's 'spies' - the beginning of the novel the beginning of a novel must draw readers in, and encourage them to read on, if it is to be truly effective does michael frayn's novel 'spies' do this. Stephen, it turns out towards the end of the novel, is not english, but german his family moved to england in 1935 this would most probably have been because they were escaping the persecution there his father is a german jew and his mother is english. Comment on the features of frayn's narrative style in 'spies' plan: introduction: -uses different styles -persona shifts (first to third) -intrusive narration -memory issues -present to describe past. When keith attacks stephen with the bayonet, he is passing on the cruelty he sees and suffers at home scarves in this novel are very symbolic uncle peter and keith’s mother both have a scarf (or cravat) throughout the book and for a short time stephen has a bandage around his neck.
Consider michael frayn’s presentation of keith’s mother in the novel essay sample frayn presents keith’s mother from the viewpoint of stephen, the narrator the author uses both the present and the past tense throughout the novel, as well as shifting between the first and the third person narrative. Michael frayn's spies is a novel with a carefully engineered plot, and a story whose two main characters are determined to uncover the sinister logic of apparently ordinary events they are themselves looking for a plot during the second world war, stephen and his friend keith live in a suburban cul-de-sac on the edge of the countryside.
Revision:spies by michael frayn “the third week of june, and there it is again: the same almost embarrassingly familiar breath of sweetness that comes every year about this time” “glimpse of different things flash into my mind, in random sequence, and are gone.