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'To what extent does the writer's use of language contribute to the presentation of Albion Gidley Singer and the crime he commits?'

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Introduction

'To what extent does the writer's use of language contribute to the presentation of Albion Gidley Singer and the crime he commits?' This passage is about Albion Gidley Singer who we see in the first paragraph as a loving , caring and responsible father. As we go further into the passage we see him changing for the worse and later he ends up raping his daughter out of frustration and also little bit of jealousy. The story starts with Albion Gidley Singer going to check on his daughter which had become a daily routine as 'I had got into the habit' suggests. This shows him as a loving and caring father going to check on his daughter as usual. On this particular night as he went to check on his daughter instead of receiving a glad smile and some amazing facts about aardvarks, she is shocked and gasps as she hears him come in. The 'instead' shows him as a foreshadowing and disciplinarian father. The glad smile and facts about aardvarks shows innocence in the daughter and the shock shows that she is scared of him. In the second paragraph he mentions about his daughter's 'fluster' which makes him suspicious and his disapproval of the fact that she was not working shows that he had high expectations of her, and also the 'Euclid I had got her' shows that he's fond of academy. ...read more.

Middle

He sees contempt and his wife in his daughter. In 'floored me' we see a strong sense of pausing as if he is defeated or he's lost a battle. He says it had sickened him to punish Lilian which shows him as a strongly disciplinarian person. He shows yet another sexual term when he mentions the word 'impotent' and 'impenetrable female will'. His thoughts often wander to sexual terms which shows his relationship with his daughter. We can almost feel the fury building up as he feels his hatred for women and sense of sheer frustation of not being able to control the female will. This shows his hatred, despise and disgust of women. He complements himself as a man of strong will and power. He hates this 'will' in women but praises it in himself. In this paragraph our emotions for this man is confused as he almost admits himself of being sly and devising- 'sly in devising ways'. We come to the knowledge that he too had been a victim of abuse and punishment as a child. This makes us feels a bit sympathetic towards him. Then again he praises himself of being a man of strength and sees this as a developed skill. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is disgusted with her again as she runs out and produces 'ugly sobs'. When he is alone he is filled with kaleidoscopic feelings. He tries to excuse himself from what has happened and we can see that he is sweating as he says 'evaporting from every pore'. He tries to hold the edge of the table like a desperate attempt to calm down. We see him reducing himself like a ' ragged leaf spinning down from a tree'. As 'Rage had blossomed', 'slapping had occured' we see Albion almost emitting the full detail of the rape. He shows disbelief when he thinks 'could it have been myself....these things?'. He reflects back to the action that had taken place and excuses himself, turning the blame on Lilian because as she's little she didn't have to endure the aftermath. It is almost like a dream for him as he thinks he had 'left no mark behind'. He blames it all on her by saying 'she' many times while looking around and contemplating the room. He shows bitterness as he thinks of her not having to endure the consequences. In the last parts of this passage Albion is almost jealous of his daughter's fullness and he is desperate and bitter that she isn't suffering as he is. 'Her echo' shows whimsical quality of her which he would have gladly liked to have. Rinchen Lama Date:12th Sept,2003 12NL AS Literature Commentary -Dark Places by Kate Greenville ...read more.

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