The Valpo Core Reader

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Freshman Seminar Essay

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In Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope presents a group of characters each of whom represents a particular set of values. He defines each attitude and point of view by the position of the character relative to the ongoing power struggle in Barchester. He exaggerates these characters using illustrative names and physical descriptions, then makes them seem quite comical both in their own actions and in his narrative interjections. Trollope weaves humor through the novel, flavoring the story in a manner resembling the satire of our contemporary social and political cartoonists. As the events in Barchester unfold, Trollope indicates his own attitudes concerning change, reform, and progress.