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Write a comparison of "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "The Drowned Giant", commenting on the ways in which the authors use language to convey their respective themes.

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Christina Taryoto 11Q Write a comparison of "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "The Drowned Giant", commenting on the ways in which the authors use language to convey their respective themes. The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel Marquez and The Drowned Giant by J.G. Ballard are both short stories that explore the ways in which societies react to the arrival of something different in their communities. The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World is about a man who washed ashore near a small village and the impact of the man's presence, which helps the villagers to revive their dreary and barren village into a beautiful and lively place. In The Drowned Giant a giant washes ashore on the beach near a city; naturally this causes attention from city dwellers and the media. The narrator is a researcher who provides critical commentary on the giant's presence and the crowd's behavior towards him. This essay is a comparison of The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and The Drowned Giant that will include commentary on the ways in which the authors use language to convey their respective themes. Certain aspects of each story will be compared such as characterization, setting, plot and style. Characterization plays a significant role in both stories that helps to augment their respective themes. ...read more.

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In fact they even give him "uncles and aunts and cousins", and therefore, through him, everyone is related, which actually provides total integration within the people and their lives. In The Drowned Giant, setting is a crucial element in portraying how the crowd's reaction to the giant's presence changes as the story progresses. Ballard deliberately sets the story by a city, so the readers can understand that the crowds, who are from the city, are educated but lack faith and imagination. Since their lives are rushed, they only worry about their own lives and rely on social institutions to tell them what to think. This is made evident when a, "party of scientific experts -authorities on gross anatomy and marine biology-from the university", come to visit the giant. Ballard deliberately describes the experts striding round the giant, "nodding in vigorous consultation" and then concludes their visit by mentioning that an officer offered to help them climb the giant but they "hastily demurred, because Ballard id being critical of scientists power in society. They should be investigating the giant's whereabouts, but because they didn't they produce the message that the crowd shouldn't either. When the narrator visits the giant; he mentions how the crowd has become "considerably smaller" compared to previous days. ...read more.

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This story is surprising powerful because it was effectively written in first person narrative and present tense. It gives the effect of immediacy, as if it is happening as we read it. I could place myself in the narrator's point of view, which made me understand how cruel the crowd was acting and sympathize with the plight of the giant. However, Marquez writes the story in third person narrative, which actually makes the story biased since we only see the thoughts of the villagers who help to convey the theme. I noticed how Marquez utilizes long sentences when the women are visualizing the problems Esteban must have had because of his huge figure. Marquez does this to convey the angry emotions that go through their minds. Some readers would conclude that it is poor grammar, however it does help to emphasis the women's quick tempered and commiserative personalities. To conclude, I felt that both stories were cleverly written. Ballard and Marquez carefully used characterization, style, plot, and setting to support their respective themes. I enjoyed how Ballard contrasted the views of the narrator to the crowd's to bring out how society can be prejudice, destructive and unwilling to face reality. In The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World I felt that Marquez's skillful brought out technique of creating a tale which brought out his main message for someone or something to believe in society was. ...read more.

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