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The opening paragraph of A Fable for Tomorrow conveys the beautiful image of a fertile American town. Carson describes the elements of nature and wildlife to express the idyllic surrounding of the town

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Introduction

How does the Author of the following extracts use language to convey changes and contrasts in mood and meaning? The title of the chapter "A Fable for Tomorrow" gives the impression that the novel is a log of events and a tale of what might be in the future if present practises and the use of pesticides were allowed to continue. The opening paragraph of A Fable for Tomorrow conveys the beautiful image of a fertile American town. Carson describes the elements of nature and wildlife to express the idyllic surrounding of the town. The language used in the first two paragraphs outlines the area to which the book is set, this depicts that it is almost perfect and an idyllic place to be. ...read more.

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play" they are stricken with "sickness" and "unexplained death", this has changed the mood from being tranquil to one of sadness and upset amongst the residents and families in the town. The fourth paragraph relates back to the wildlife and surroundings of the American town, the difference in language presents the mood of sadness and emptiness, Carson describes there is a "Shadow of death", as the wildlife around were struck with illness and death. The contrast in the mood from the first two paragraphs changes dramatically and gives the reader the impression that this is no longer an idyllic place to be but one to avoid. ...read more.

Conclusion

The mood in the fifth paragraph changes again as Carson summarises that the events described are non-fiction and didn't take place in one location. The events although they are non-fictional are described as "disasters" and "tragedies". The mood is still one of sadness as Carson explains that the events have happened in many "real communities" and there have been a "substantial number" of them. In conclusion, the description given towards the wildlife, surroundings and residents in the town give the reader the changes in mood throughout the course of events that take place, and although this is non-fiction the description and use of language gives the reader a realistic vision into future events that may occur if present practises are not revised or changed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emma Brown TMA01 X8885849 1 ...read more.

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