Comparing and Contrasting “The man with the twisted lip” with “Front” The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two similar stories from different centuries. The stories I chose were “The man with the twisted lip” written by Arthur Conan Doyle taken from the 19th century (1892), and “Front” written by Jan Mark taken from the 20th century (1990). The reason I chose this two stories was because throughout life everybody tries to be somebody there not.
There are many similarities and differences in both “Front” and “Twisted lip”, but the most apparent relation between the two stories is the keeping up appearances (or keeping down appearances in the case of “Twisted lip”) theme, meaning they are about someone or something trying to conceal the truth or simply the truth isn’t so obvious in the case of “Front”, the other less prevailing similarities/differences will be analysed later on in the essay.
The beginning of both stories differ quite strongly, “Front” begins with a narrator describing her experiences of seeing something that she would compare to as “one of the seven wonders of the world” and there some definite references to class “Five streets down” the comma after the word “down” brings emphasis towards it and sets the impression that the narrator feels (or later on in the story, felt) that she is in a sense not worthy, or in awe with her surroundings, as the story shows that she is quite concerned about class, and the economic standings of her and her family as this will be pointed out later on in the essay, and becomes quite obvious when reading the story.
The Writer also gives the reader the impression that this girl thinks very highly of this place, and although she imagines it to be “so far above the town” she feels she is not good enough, “I wanted to be forced to leave”, the writer portrays the girl to be intimidated by this site she is seeing as it reads that she did not mention the crescent to anyone afterwards “as if I had been trespassing, and needed to conceal the fact” with all of these displays of almost worshipfulness and the fact that she thought back on it with great “nostalgia” the impression the writer has given the crescent would be hard to top. In “Twisted lip” however, a character (although not a very substantial one) is introduced as the first word in the story, with a short background on his dead brother and how he died of an opium addiction.
This being quite pointless at first is quite a cunning trick the writer has introduced here, as for the next few paragraphs the reader thinks that this “Isa Whitney” is what the story is based on, the trick being the writer has made the story out to be something it is not, which is intentionally ironic as the story is based on a man trying to conceal the truth. A more close up view to “Twisted Lip’s” construction there a few references to class, like “dregs of the docks” and “a vile alley”, these let the reader understand Dr. Watson’s train of thought and how he considers himself to be, within the very thick walls separating class at this time. When Watson reaches the opium den he refers to it like it was a tomb, “a glimpse of bodies lying” and using words like “lacklustre”, the writer sets a very dark, dreary place and referring to the smoke as “gloom”.