The question was
How does the writer present the character of Ralph in this extract :
sometimes when Grandfather provoked Ralph I though Ralph would be quite capable of jumping to his feet, reaching across the table , seizing grandfather by the throat and choking him. He was a big man , who ate heartily , and I often was afraid he might hit me. But Mother somehow kept him in check. Since Ralph's appearance she had grown neglectful of grandfather. For example- as grandfather had pointed out that evening- she would cook the things that Ralph liked (rich, thick,stews, but not curry) and forget to produce the meals that grandfather was fond of. But no matter how neglectful and even hurtful she might be to grandfather herself , she wouldn't have forgiven someone else's hurting him . It would have been the end of her and Ralph. And no matter how much she might hurt Grandfather- go show her allegiance to Ralph - the truth was she did want to stick by him. She still needed - she couldn't break free of it- this delicate equilibrium that she, he and I had constructed over the months .
This is an 8 mark question and so this was my answer to it :
In this extract , the character of Ralph is presented as a perilous man by a variety of language techniques such as by the deployment of the adjective " big" in the following quote - " he was a big man " the word " big suggesting Ralph as a big predator therefore must be very dangerous suggesting that he must have much power and control over others as he is much bigger then them therefore people fear this man.
- " who ate heartily " the declaration of the word " ate" is chosen to emphasise Ralph as one who eats on his prey , a hungry greedy " big " monster linking to the fact that he is a dangerous man the adverb " heartily reveals Ralph's power , has much aggression it has an effect to illustrate to the reader that Ralph is a hungry powerful man that ate his prey like a beast therefore people must fear this ' perilous' man . It's a sigh of man that the reader may fear too .
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