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Drama, Romance, War Literature
Charles Ryder narrates the novel from a close/limited first-person point of view.
Brideshead Revisited is told in the past tense.
The title refers to the mansion where much of the novel's action takes place. Brideshead is one of the great stately homes of Britain. Charles Ryder, the narrator and protagonist, is a captain in the army and is stationed at Brideshead. He has been here before as the guest of the Flytes, who own Brideshead. Charles "revisits" Brideshead as he recounts his memories of the Flyte family. The book also carries the subtitle "The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder." Sacred and profane are opposites described by sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) as marking the limits of religion. Sacred aspects of a religion are holy and must be obeyed or observed. Profane ideas and actions corrupt religion. Charles and other Brideshead Revisited characters will struggle with the place of religion in the nonreligious (profane) world.
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