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From reading the two extracts by Isabella Bird and David Attenborough, we can plainly see that each writer creates a description of the jungle from different points of view.

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English Extension Paper Lauren Lior 1. From reading the two extracts by Isabella Bird and David Attenborough, we can plainly see that each writer creates a description of the jungle from different points of view. The extracts from each writer are written in different styles and are arranged in different ways, which would show the contrast between Bird's and Attenborough's points of view. Each of the writers has a different primary purpose. It is obvious that Isabella Bird's account of the jungle is written as a narrative while David Attenborough's description is more of a non-fictional piece written to inform the reader. Thus we can see that both writers have a different purpose. By reading Bird's passage, we are able to see that her primary focus is to entertain the reader, whilst providing an informative read. ...read more.

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David Attenborough however, has written his piece in a clear, organised manner. This would prove that his writing is obviously composed from an objective viewpoint and this is very different to the emotive and graphic composition written by Isabella Bird. Isabella Bird uses a variety of words to describe her impression of the jungle. Words such as picturesque, graceful, majestic and wonderful make the reader think of the jungle as an amazing place, while words such as gloom and darkness make the reader picture the jungle as an intimidating figure. Another important point to note is that Bird's passage is written in the first person. From this we see that Isabella Bird has several different impressions of the jungle ranging from amazing to enchanting. ...read more.

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This is important because a piece that is written in first person gives the reader the ability to relate to the material easier. David Attenborough, on the other hand, only uses punctuation marks where needed such as full stops and commas. The vocabulary level in this piece is fair and this would show that the piece is not written to entertain; instead its purpose is to inform. This could indicate that the piece lacks the excitement shown by Bird in a sense that language aspects are not used as much as in Bird's piece. From looking at all of these factors, we can see that Isabella Bird and David Attenborough see the jungle through very different perspectives. Bird seems to be amazed at the sheer size and extraordinary beauty, while Attenborough sees the jungle as a place of study, where the cycle of life never ends. ...read more.

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