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Oaxaca - Non fiction analysis

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Introduction

Oaxaca is a piece of travel writing, which reviews a location called Oaxaca in Mexico. It appeals to those who are interested in travelling, which would more likely be a slightly older audience who would be financially able to visit the location. The fact that the article is written in The Guardian newspaper, suggests that the target audience for this piece of writing is those who are more mature and educated. They would more likely be interested in culture as the text reflects their interests. The purpose of the text is to persuade the reader to visit the place, and advise them of activities that they could get involved in and places they could visit. It also informs them of the opportunities in Oaxaca and gives them the benefit of O'Connor's visit. The tenor of the text is semi-formal for the reason that there are phrases which are quite informal, such as 'Time for a quick lunch' and 'If that ...read more.

Middle

It could also be a way of persuading the reader to visit the place, as that would be the only way that they will find out what these terms mean. The foreign terms also create a sense of reality and a more realistic atmosphere, as it is more believable and creates a sense of place. Clich�'s are used, for example, 'a quaint town of cobbled streets' and 'cactus covered hills'. The clich�s provide us with things that we would expect if we were to actually visit Mexico, therefore making it more interesting and exciting, because the reader would actually be surprised if they visited Mexico and weren't 'serenaded at dinner by a wandering mariachi band' or something of the sort. Parenthesis is used to shorten explanations and make the article seem more interesting. '...a bag of fried grasshoppers (chapulines - the local speciality) ...read more.

Conclusion

O'Connor is talking directly about herself to the reader and vice versa, making it seem as if the individual reading has almost found a friend in her, therefore being able to trust her judgement and advice. The discourse structure of the article is that it is written in chronological order, starting with the morning and working its way through to the evening of the same day. The writer hasn't chosen to write about activities that the reader can get involved in over a number of days, but chooses to set it all on one day, which adds pace to the article and keeps the reader interested as it sounds lively and appeals to the target audience. The fact that it is actually written from day to evening, rather than from the evening to morning, makes it more real for the reader and involves them further because it would be as if they are taking part in the activities, resulting in the reader wanting to actually visit the place in reality. ...read more.

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