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Spies by Micheal Frayn Assignment 1: The first paragraph of Michael Frayn's Spies includes techniques that encourage the reader to feel the intense senses that the narrator is feeling. Frayn tries to set the mood by making the reader feel involved, using vivid smells, sights and sounds that relate them to the narrator's world. The descriptions that Frayn has the narrator use are deliberately trying to bring the reader closer to him. The sensual description of the aroma that reminds him of his childhood is also to relate to the reader by describing something that reminds them of a particular event, object or time. Frayn's use of poetic language in some of the descriptions also is successful in making the reader connect with the narrator; to intrigue them. The use of a specific time, 'the third week in June, and there it is again' is to bring a sense of realism to the text, which also acts as a basis in which the reader can craft a picture of what the narrator is so mysteriously but vividly describing. ...read more.


This gives the reader the opportunity to feel involved with the scene and the sense' that the narrator is experiencing. This is an effective technique used by Frayn as he is inviting the reader to imagine a nice quiet peaceful scene in mid summer, he uses this to give the reader a physical place to build from. He also gives the indication that something is not right 'everything's before me- all the half-understood promise of life.' It indicated the feeling that some events that have passed have not been understood or defined. The narrator portrays his sense of unease in the second paragraph by telling the reader that the aroma 'must come from one of the gardens. Which one? I can never trace it.' this fragmented sentence gives the reader the feeling that the narrator is directly talking to them, asking them in the hope of some clarity, to have the reader feel the same confusion and unease that he is experiencing. ...read more.


This increases the reader's confusion which in turn entices them to continue reading to find out what all of the unease and confusion is based upon. Frayn concludes the second paragraph with a suspenseful statement that is to become one of the many cliffhangers that Frayn employs throughout the novel. 'I have a feeling that something, somewhere, has been left unresolved, that some secret thing in the air around me is still waiting to be discovered.' This informs the reader that the narrator is about to embark on a journey of self-fulfilment and discovery. In conclusion the theme, language and context in which Frayn uses these two paragraphs are very effective in giving the reader a sense of belonging within the text. In my opinion this is a great technique as the reader feels involved in the story from the start, thus enticing them to continue into the main body of the text. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Lanham Student no: A8-3554-AEL English Literature unit 1 ...read more.

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