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The Voice of the HeartThe Working of Mervyn Peake's Imagination$
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G. Peter Winnington

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310225

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314391

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Animals

Animals

Chapter:
(p.79) 4 Animals
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The Voice of the Heart
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846310225.003.0005

This chapter examines the presence of animals in Mervyn Peake's works. Peake believed that every person is a separate island, and that two people cannot share one island. However, an animal companion – especially an anthropomorphic animal, such as Captain Slaughterboard's Yellow Creature – would relieve the solitude. Consequently many of Peake's works feature partnerships between hybrids and humans.

Keywords:   anthropomorphic animals, solitude, companionship, partnerships, hybrids, humans

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