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A comparison of the ways in which the writers use language in “Masilo’s Adventure” and “My cousin comes to Jo’Burg”.

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A comparison of the ways in which the writers use language in "Masilo's Adventure" and "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" The stories "Masilo's Adventure" and "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" compare South African reality with the ideal. "Masilo's Adventure" is about a boy who leaves home to try and find his fortune by finding a pot of gold under the rainbow. He doesn't find the end of a rainbow but finds a giants cave, the giant is evil but his wife is good. The giant has lots of riches, which Masilo takes and his mother and he live happily ever after! It is a bit obvious that this story is fantasy/fairy tale based. The story is a bit like "Jack and the beanstalk" but was written in a different part of the world. "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" is about a young man who moves to Johannesburg to live with his cousin. ...read more.

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Younger audiences normally prefer a 'fairy tale' like (ideal) stories written to teach children things like good will triumph over evil and keep trying and you will succeed. "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" is aimed at an older audience than "Masilo's Adventure" as is suggested by the more complex wording. Another point which suggests that "Masilo's Adventure" is aimed at a younger audience than "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" is the sentence structure. "Masilo's Adventure" is mainly made up of compound sentences which are easy for younger children to understand yet at the same time do not seem patronising. "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" uses a mixture of compound and complex sentences to try to keep the reader interested but do not overpower him with too much complexity and sophistication. This sort of style that uses some but not too much complexity and sophistication is more recognisable with reality literature rather than the ideal. ...read more.

Conclusion

Further on there are quotes like "they laughed" this is written in past tense as if there is someone who has watched what happened and is now telling the story back to you. The audience a story is aimed at can often give us an idea of the substance (reality or ideal). The fact that "Masilo's Adventure" uses simpler wording than "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" suggests it is aimed at a younger audience who in general prefer stories based on the ideal. "My cousin comes to Jo'Burg" is aimed at an older audience who normally prefer more reality based stories. The colloquial use of language such as "Molamu stick" and "makwedini" tells us that it is a South African story. In conclusion I have established that one story is reality based and the other is 'the ideal' and have managed to prove this through both the content of the stories and the structure whilst both are South African so enough evidence to prove the introduction correct. ...read more.

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