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In Black Boy and ‘Fenland Chronicle’ Compare The Ways In Which The Authors Make You Feel Sorry For The Central

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In Black Boy and 'Fenland Chronicle' Compare The Ways In Which The Authors Make You Feel Sorry For The Central Characters Shiju Sasankan 'Black Boy' is an extract from an autobiography of Richard Wright as a youngster facing a mean predicament that taught him a lesson of shielding himself against the cruel outside world . Whereas 'Fenland Chronicle' is an extract of an oral history response of Sybil Marshall against the way in which 'little girls' where treated like 'slaves' by 'nasty, vulgar' farmers and shepherds. The two extracts have been written in the aim of achieving empathy from readers, however this is achieved in differing ways from both extracts by the use of differing storylines and techniques. The character that is at the centre of attention in 'Black Boy' is young Richard Wright, this is shown in the extract when he explains that he and his brother 'were too young to know' that the family was in some disarray and that his life 'would not be the same as other children' the fact that he has been compared to other children shows that he is one himself. ...read more.


An example of some of the emotive language that is used by Marshall, is when she says 'and to Eva's dying day she never forgot the terror o' that moment. I can't think there were many folks as 'ould 'ave bin as cruel as that, but when I remember the general conditions o' such poor little mites, it makes me think again.' The use of opinions and bias gives the extract more of a human touch which would strike the reader in the heart more than straight forward facts. Her accent also makes her sound uneducated and poor, however, this only adds to the sympathy that is provoked as the reader would be thinking about how Marshall must be struggling through life. Her strong Norfolk accent makes it sound very chatty and informal which gives the reader the impression that she is being herself and speaking the truth from her heart which leads to the reader feeling sympathetic to not only Marshall but the 'slave' girls as well. Similarly, Wright also uses emotive language in order to provoke sympathy, on the other hand it does not produce the same effect that Marshall has through the use of language. ...read more.


This results in the reader perhaps feeling guilty of their own benefits they have and therefore feeling sorry for the girls in the extract. While Wright's extract has a climax as the situation lasts a lot less longer, hence not creating the same magnitude of sympathy felt by the reader. The 'Fenland Chronicle' and 'Black Boy' are very successful in achieving some feeling of pathos from the reader through the young children used in both extracts who would conjure up far more sympathy than any adult would of, this being due to the children being portrayed as being so simple, pure and yet to enjoy their lives. In addition, the fearsome circumstances they are forced into at such an age leaves the reader feeling miserable, compassionate and spoilt in comparison to what the children had to live with in the extract. However, I believe that it goes without saying that Marshall's extract is far more effective in achieving a sense of sympathy due to her accent which is more emotive and shows how uneducated she is. Though Marshall's vocabulary alone is very poor and uninteresting, the girl's arduous lives she talks of compensate for her limited diction and provide an all round very sympathy provoking extract. ...read more.

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