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Fran's war, book review

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Is it just, 'Fran's War'? Sally Trench This harrowing novel has been written to show the effects of reality, left with the legacy of shock and disbelief. Sally Trench wrote this mind-blowing book basing it on her own experiences of the anguish she saw children facing in their everyday lives, focusing merely on a war time situation. She specifically highlights on the torture and struggle these malnourished children abide. Although her book doesn't say "we need your help", you can tell that she is trying to promote aid and make the audience aware of how tough life is for those kids. She aims to target an older teenage audience, purely by the explicit language used and the fact that the main character is a child. I feel the importance of this is due to the detailed emotional relationship the reader, being fairly young themselves can gain with the character. Also the way in which it has a simple structure helps to see its main target audience. There are both semantic and phonologic linguistic patterns used in the text I am studying. Sally Trench establishes personification in her text, to convey a sense of war, the conflict between two opposing sources that strive to be the best, and will do this at any cost. The whole involvement within this book is through common values and what people believe is right, and Sally Trench tackles differing opinions to make this novel satisfactory and appealing to all those with strong attitudes on this topic. ...read more.


She's just trying to evaluate a sense of pity, with the use of alliteration this is a good way to cause that special effect. Sally Trench also uses a metaphor comparing war to hell. She writes, 'The cacophony of screaming and wailing from suffering mothers and children was surely the deep pit of hell the priest had once told me about. The pit where the devil is trapped with all the lost souls.' Many people have heard tales about hell and can therefore relate the torture hell brings to the suffering these children encounter in war. I have explored this passage to break down its meaning and emphasis is drawn to the present participles used, 'cacophony', 'screaming', 'wailing', and 'suffering'. This explains to the reader that it is happening now, and it's extrusive not confined. Sally Trench has used this in an interesting way; to tug at the heart strings of the audience this is how it makes them more involved within the storyline. Again, later in the text she uses the present participles 'watching, listening and waiting', to form this same mood as noticed above the conjunction 'and' is used to contribute to the fact that war is tedious and boring. As I would have expected there are many collocations found in this book, due to the context. The collocations express war in a negative way using both adjectives and verbs such as, 'Suffering, anguish, torn apart, surrender and terror'. ...read more.


She makes it a one word sentence constructing immense impact on this abstract noun. I think she wants the reader to feel that edge of uncertainty, to try and put them in the place of those suffering children and experience a brief period of tension. This abstract noun is not only used in grammatical terms but for semantic too, opening this oasis of calmness to the observer. Silence is rarely encountered within a text of war context, that's why so much centred upon it. Words such as 'crashing' and 'pain' aren't unusual to discover hence why 'silence' builds such power and meaning. I observed a line which read 'she tried to control her emotions'; you could treat this as an ordinary line which is simply trying to push the story along. However, I studied it in more depth and realised it was purely relating to the lack of control (over anything) people have in war situations. Her emotions were barely in her own fate. Another sense of the loss of control comes in the line 'thrown into the backs of trucks like bales of straw'. This sentence not only indicates the loss of power but also uses a simile. Sally Trench has used a wide range of linguistic terms, causing emphasis upon her story and effectively persuading the reader to become involved in several ways: the reader should want to read more of her novels and ought be concerned for the real-life situations occurring around the world as well as wanting to become more implicated in helping the afflicted people. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Analysis- Karlie Whitmore Coursework piece 1 ...read more.

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