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I will be comparing the different techniques language and descriptions in the Interrogation and torture scenes in the books Talking In Whispers and the Pit And The Pendulum.

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GCSE LITERATURE MODULE CROSS COMPARISON ESSAY TALKING IN WHISPERS AND THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM I will be comparing the different techniques language and descriptions in the Interrogation and torture scenes in the books Talking In Whispers and the Pit And The Pendulum. In the early 1970's the army took over Chile and was lead by the junta. The junta were Chile's secret police. Before this there had been two different political party's one left which was democratic and one right wing for example Hitler. If you demonstrated in the street against the junta then you would be executed. They also set a curfew that didn't allow people out on the streets at night or until six in the morning if you were found out on the street you would be immediately shot. People who got taken away wouldn't ever be seen again. The junta used a very physical way of torture. The book TIW tells us that the rack and electrocution were part of many horrible ways the junta got their prisoners to give information. The Spanish inquisition only allowed the catholic religion to be practiced they ruled by fear any other religion that was practiced would be persecuted. The people who were not catholic and were caught by the Spanish inquisition had a trial with no jury. They would be locked up in cells without a trial and in many cases would be executed in very painful ways. ...read more.

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There was also a pendulum in his cell, which at first he believed to be a clock because of the swinging motion but after he explored it more he found it was a pendulum with a blade on the end. He also found out that if he lay under the pendulum it took about ten swings before it cut him. Rats that would nibble him and his food also inhabited his cell. The interrogation in the p&p book is very mental torture the worst fact was the not knowing he didn't know when his next meal was coming or where abouts it was in his cell. He had no idea of time or where he was. He had a lack of his senses he couldn't hear anything or see anything the cell which he was kept in was in its self a form of torture with rats that ate his food and chewed on him it was wet and slimy and smelt terrible. It had a pendulum with a blade on the end that could cut him and a pit that was quite deep we know this because he threw some thing down it to determine how deep it was. In TIW Andres father was taken away which made him even more afraid of what might happen to him. His father and friends obviously spoke of the torture and the laughter house a lot because it gives the impression that he know's a lot about what's happening to him. ...read more.

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an image of how small the cell must be the description of the cell is very detailed and sentences such as 'stinking. Probably overflow from the sewers' this makes us believe that the cell smells very bad. The P&P book has a lot more examples of imagery than talking in whispers because of its more complex language. The P&P book uses more longer sentences than the TIW book this makes the book more descriptive and detailed this may have been why it was a lot harder to read then the TIW book. The TIW book has shorter sentences than the P&P book this creates a bit more excitement and tension and is not as drawn out as the P&P book. Although the P&P book was hard to read with its complex language it was still a book that once you start reading you cant stop until you've finished. TIW was a longer story and had more scenes other than just a cell as in P&P it had more characters as well. In P&P I liked the description and the fact that he didn't know anything where he was when his next meal was coming he had completely lost his sight in his pitch black cell. I didn't like the longer words I found myself having to look quite a few words up to understand the story fully. In TIW I liked the story line and the constant excitement the CNI where always there no matter were the characters went ...read more.

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