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Comment on how the language contributes to the understanding of the character, plots, theme and narrative style of the novel

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Introduction

Chapter 6 "I listen, but all I can hear is the sudden familiar rattle of a train somewhere behind the trees... And suddenly we both turn and run, neither of us leader for once, neither of us led." Comment on how the language contributes to the understanding of the character, plots, theme and narrative style of the novel Chapter 6 is presented to the audience entirely in the past with no hindsight. Once again it develops the plot showing the children developing closer to adulthood, yet still not quite there, not understanding the consequences of their actions : "was it you two?", "I look away". The language from the passage in the hard back page 111 to 113 contributes to the understanding of the characters, plots, themes and narrative style of the novel. ...read more.

Middle

This only reinforces that younger is obsessed with hierarchy - only after the discussion of hierarchy is there a sense of realisation. The language in this passage contributes the understanding in the theme of mystery and adventure. Stephen relies on this adventure to prove himself to Keith and in doing so show "Keith that he's not the only one who can think of plans and projects". The use of personal pronoun 'I' used more frequently than other times (7) conveys Stephen's awareness that at this point in the adventure, wherein he can contribute, is a way he can gain approval of others even at the exploitation of the tramp. The passage for the first time shows an all time low in the adventure and "rain blows" as deliberate violence. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this passage Frayns presents the language as a way of children going on to do adult things but without adult hindsight and therefore reminds the audience that they are still developing unable to foresee the consequences of their actions. The language is deceptively simple in style, but the passage in Chapter 6 shows a subtlety in language. From the beginning of the passage Stephen shows this middle class social ranking which leads him into his so called heroism that is particularly associated with middle class values. This duty he is estranged with towards Keith was particularly powerful conception in times of war and for Stephen it shows a development in his character and what he is prepared to do out of duty for Keith. Thus, Frayn cleverly uses linguistic devices and in this case exploits the language in order to contribute to the understanding of the characters, plot, themes and narrative style of the novel. ...read more.

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