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Fever Pitch

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 01:07 AM
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The purpose of this essay is to discuss the theme of loyalty within “Fever Pitch” and how Nick Hornby does so by use of humour, characterisation and setting.

  The genre of this novel is that of humour. “Fever Pitch” is a book that has no chapters but a series of match reports that fall into three time frames within the authors life – childhood, adolescence and manhood. The time span ranges from 1968 to 1992

  The novel is an autobiography about the author, Nick Hornby, a memoir of a life devoted to Arsenal Football Club. However, it is also a book which deals with “rights of passage” within the authors life.

  Hornby begins the book in the year 1968, the year he turned eleven. This was the year in which his parents separated, and the year that his father took him to watch Arsenal play for the first time. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon would draw him and his son closer together, but instead Hornby became obsessed with the game and all hope of conversation was lost. As the reader progresses through the novel, the reader realises that Hornby allows football to dominate his life, loves and relationships, and ends with Nick Hornby realising how obsessed he actually had become with the game.

  Throughout the novel, Nick Hornby writes in the first person narrative as “Fever Pitch” is an account of the authors life. At the beginning of the book, he uses the flashback technique as he reflects on his life so far. I believe Nick Hornby to be the protagonist within the novel. He tells the story retrospectively, that is after he has lived through it. This retrospective narrator knows more than the reader and so is in a position of irony in relation to the events of the story.

  Characterisation plays a very important part within the novel, and the only character the reader really learns about is the author himself. The reader learns about all his thoughts throughout his life such as his social status as a working...


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