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From Life of PI
Question -How DOES THE WRITER USE LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE THE NARRATORS FRIGHT AND CONFUSION?
The writer employs a variety of language techniques to present their fright and frustration during the extract. The writer begins with a series of rhetorical questions asking where the officers and crew were and ‘what they were doing?’. The constant questioning shows the fright and panic pulsating through the writer and disorientates the reader who also doesn’t know what’s going on. The writer then goes onto describing how his sight of ‘some animals’ were ‘illusions crafted by rain and shadow’ the metaphoric phrase suggests that the writer is confused, the noun ‘illusion’ connoting to deceptive senses as well as visions giving the read the impression that the narrator is uncertain and is hallucinating as he cant tell what’s real or fake evoking a sense of pity from the reader.
The writer then goes onto describing how he heard a ‘monstrous metallic burp’ erupting from inside the ship. The combined use of alliteration in ‘monstrous metallic’ and personification of the ship burping creates a very aggressive and sinister tone, the negative adjective ‘monstrous’ suggesting the ship is being engulfed by the sea creating an image of water slowly seeping through the ship with ease causing it to burp as if it were full. Furthermore, the short simple sentence builds up the tension as the writer ‘falls over’ gets back up and looks ‘overboard’ creating a tense atmosphere in which the reader feels present as well as showing the stockpiling dread the writer is feeling.
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The last sentence isn't very clear but the rest of this is pretty good. Well done. I think you'd get 7/8 for this. You might even land 8.
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