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COMPARATIVE COMMENTRY OF TWO PASSAGES Winter is the season which is very cold and calm, is the season when we usually have snowfalls all around the city and this is what both of the passages are all about. The first passage is adapted from an article written by Duan Jones in 'The Observer' on 21st January, 1996 and what Mr.Jones is trying to tell us is about the exaggeration made by the TV journalist and people's thoughts about the snowfall in the city of New York. Where as the second passage is written by Pual Theroux in year 1979 in the magazine called 'London snow' which is all about people loving, enjoying and praising the environment of snowfall in London. Though it is similar for the two passages that both of them are something about the snowfalls, there are still so many comparisons between them. Like in the first passage the writer is talking about the snowfall in the city of New York whereas the second passage is all about the snowfall in London. What Mr. Jones has written in his passage is about the repeating exaggeration made by the TV journalist, which makes the passage very boring, just as it is written there in the passage that ''Almost every New York news show was either doubled in length...flakes upon flakes...corner of the city...wasn't covered by snow-speckled...weather.'' ...read more.


Just as the first two paragraphs are only mentioning the good things about the snowfall like (line 11)'It was hardly a city.' But somehow in the third paragraph (line21-27) it says that the 'covering of snow...loveliest sword of ice' which means that the snowfall had changed people's daily routine, as they can't move outside now which is also quite awful, but still those changes are not as big as the changes in the first passage. The language used in both the passages are mostly narrative and the writers have elaborate the whole passages by comparing the two cities with many different things like human features, countryside, places like Bosnia. But in between the first passage there are some direct speeches like, 'it was...sumpin' in (line17-18) said by the cashier at white plains. There is a ironical language used in the first passage (line27) which says ''how not to kill their kids'' actually meaning how to bare or tolerate with their kids while they are stuck in the house and have to spent their whole day with them. The writers have used a lot of stylistic devices in the passages, one of them is 'simile' which is used in both of the passages, like in passage one (line 22) which says ''This isn't Bosnia but it sure looks like it'' meaning that though New York is not Bosnia, the very cold weather and the heavy snowfall in New York does makes it look like Bosnia. ...read more.


There is one more stylistic device use by the writer in the second passage that is consonant, (line 21) which says, ''snow had shut out every sound'' making the sound 'S' which usually reflects the sound shh! And which is usually use by the people to say 'Be quiet'. Imagery is also use by the writer as one of the devices, (line 11-15)''The Chelsea flour...simple hills had appeared.'' Leading us to imagine the mill is all covered with the snow and it looks like a mountain now, likewise, the city also looks like a countryside having hills all around. Whereas in the first passage, Mr. Jones make use of repetition, as the word snow-hack is used again and again in lines (16,21 and 29) While analysing and comparing these two passages which are about the snowfall, but are written in such different ways that, in the first passage, New York city is described very disturbed and busy. Whereas the writer of the second passage has described London as a city which is very calm and still. The first passage seems very boring because Mr. Jones is repeatedly talking about the media's reaction towards this 'blizzard of 96'. Whereas the second passage is quite interesting compare to the first one. On the whole the two passages are quite different from each other even though both of them are something about snowfall. - Tenzin Deckyi ...read more.

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