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Compare "Thank God-it's a miracle" and "The light in my darkness".

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Jos´┐Ż Maria Abreu 13th March 2004 Texts: "Thank God-it's a miracle" and "The light in my darkness" Assignment Compare the two passages. Comment on layout, subject and style of writing and language. Both pieces of writing are about being a hostage, one to the sea and the other to men. The first article is for the newspaper "The Independent", it's a broadsheet which is published daily, and it's considered to be a conservative newspaper. The other article is for "Readers Digest" a weekly magazine aimed for intellectuals, it can only be bought by subscription. Since they are different, they are adapted to accommodate the different preferences of their readers. To compare the two pieces I will separate the three tasks into different paragraphs. In the subject you can find some similarities such as both were kept against their will in some place. Both are true stories of extreme survival. Bullimore the survivor in "The Independent" is able to withhold on his boat for four days the 60 ft waves of the Pacific Ocean. ...read more.


Description like "total darkness", "metal sheet covers the window", "thin foam mattress" "...my candle splutters..." creates the atmosphere of the prisoner's cell. The titles and sub-headings are also different, the first the title is "Thank God-it's a miracle" shows how the article portrays the ordeal as a miraculous escape. The attitude of the piece is that of a sensatationalist reporting. The sub-headings follow the same style and they all start with "The" which suggests how big this rescue is, its not just a rescue its "The Rescue". On the other hand "The light in my Darkness", the title of the second article tells how different the two are. There is an imagery in the title, its an antithesis, this shows that the readers of that media should be a bit more developed intellectually. The broadsheet uses a persuasive, survival and heroic language; by this I mean that during the whole article its always glorifying Bullimore. This language is a constant build-up of Bullimore's ordeal. To make the article more reliable and believable the reporter uses the opinions of clinical specialists like Dr Howard Oakley of the institute of Naval Medicine, the author uses quotes of these specialists to make it more believable. ...read more.


This is nothing like the second article because the second article uses the present tense "I can't see", "I am being held", "I climbed under a blanket" all this creates an unavoidable atmosphere of fear and trauma. It makes the reader aware that he probably is still passing the horrendous experience. To finish off the layout is another very important aspect that we must comment on, at a first glance the differences are evident, the titles, sub-titles, images all that the first has but the second only has a significant title. The article in "The Independent" has the typical layout of that of a broadsheet article. Many paragraphs and columns all are used to make the article more reader friendly and more eye-catching. These things must be used in a broadsheet so that its successful. The other article uses only a large title and a sub-title underneath it then just consists of paragraphs and prose no quotes or images like the first article. It has nothing that is eye-catching for the reader. This means that even without the eye-catching factors it is still read. ...read more.

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