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What is Mark Lawson's attitude towards the television programme 'The 1940s House'?

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What is Mark Lawson's attitude towards the television programme 'The 1940s House'? Mark Lawson's article for the Guardian Newspaper 'The 1940s House' gives information to the readers about a television programme yet to be screened. He gives his personal and judgemental opinions but his attitude towards it is very positive. The type of language he uses in the article is flattering and persuasive. He describes the programme as 'fascinating', 'inspired', 'unmatched' and 'great', this shows that he found the programme interesting and worth viewing and he would like to encourage others to watch it. Mark Lawson uses emotive language as he explains how the personal suffering that the 'Hymers' experience is genuine. The hunger, 'pressure', and 'tensions' are all inevitable parts of this experiment but they lead to 'fanatical' behaviour, as Ben becomes 'Fuel Warden' and dishonesty as granny half-inches a slice of cake. Hunger is a real problem with the boys becoming 'visibly hungry' and granny's 'speech of guilty justification' because she considers that she is always 'last in the food-chain'. Mark Lawson suggests that the viewers will experience 'moral indigestion' as they watch the programme: this shows his sympathy and admiration towards the Hymers as they face their daily challenges. ...read more.


It was where the sixties were taking place with 'groovy events', 'shops with wacky names' and 'beautiful people' but there was a 'bridge between' him and this wonderful place. He implies that this is not just a physical obstacle, crossing a bridge, but crossing into a completely different way of life and one that he did not fit in with. His opinion of Battersea is completely different he describes it as 'yobdom', 'alien, hard, unwelcoming and unhomely'. The shops are 'meagre' with their boring names and uninteresting merchandise, and even the air smells disgusting. In my opinion his childhood was not very happy and his idyllic and dreamy impression of Chelsea gave him something to aspire to. His life was totally dominated and influenced by his 'Irish' roots. His repetitive use of the word 'Irish' implies that it was almost suffocating, 'it hung around like a great green fug', it was everywhere, and he was unable to escape from it. Although living in London he did not mix with the 'local people', they remained strangers. His whole existence revolved around 'Irish people', 'Irish' traditions, and 'Irishness'. He uses sensuous language to describe his mother's 'Irish stew', which she made for lunch every Saturday. ...read more.


This also therefore proves that not all the information is fact, as he is giving his own personal views and opinions, and also he has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he did not have at that time. He uses rhetorical questions for impact, 'What on earth could it be?' he already knows the answer and goes on to describe what it is. By using these questions he draws the reader into his thinking and makes them wonder what it is, this makes the extract more interesting and entertaining to read. John Walsh gives an insightful view of the 1960s and how they affected his childhood. His use of language and style enables him to convey his confused and difficult teenage years in Batersea. Some of his words were difficult to understand for example 'synaesthetically' but this, somehow, just added to the mystical powers of his mother's stew. He does also manage to give the reader clear indications that he is aspiring to something better in the future, he is studying and he desperately wants to cross that bridge and become part of the good times. ...read more.

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