The Tin Drum | Study Guide

Günther Grass

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Overview

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Author

Günther Grass

Year Published

1959

Type

Novel

Genre

Drama, Satire, War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

Oskar Matzerath, the main character of The Tin Drum, tells his life story in peculiar shifts between first and third person, often within a single paragraph. Thus, he is at once both actor and observer. Occasionally, the narrator is the author of the novel.

Tense

In this retrospective narration, the verb tense of The Tin Drum alternates between present and past.

About the Title

The tin drum of the title, a gift from his mother, belongs to Oskar, who does not speak but drums to communicate. The drum and Oskar's provocative drumming accumulate meaning as the novel's themes develop.

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