Darkness in P. D. James's The Black Tower



Year of publication 2017
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The style of P. D. James’s writing differs significantly from the other female crime writers. As it was pointed out by Hubly, James creates fiction that pictures a world that is inherently flawed and bad, it is a world that “is basically a disorderly and evil place, in which good, when it does occur, is the temporary aberration” (2). This essay, therefore, examines various dark motives such as despair, imperfection, disgust, death, and darkness itself and also discusses their usage and role in the text. Then the essay analyses how these motives of darkness – if any – manifest in a more typical piece of writing, From Doon with Death, by Ruth Rendell. The reason for this piece to be chosen is that Rendell and James come from the same period and, although it is a more traditional story, it still shares some aspects with P. D. James’s The Black Tower. Lastly, the present paper compares and contrasts the usage of the motives.
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