• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Evil Cradling - Into the dark - use of language

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

IN THE CHAPTER 'INTO THE DARK', HOW DOES KENNAN USE LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE THE EXTREME MENTAL STATES HE EXPERIENCED IN HIS FIRST PERIOD OF CAPTIVITY? Throughout the chapter 'Into The Dark', Keenan goes through some distinct phases of mental states, each caused by a previous one and ultimately by his imprisonment. He uses a various range of strong descriptions to portray his condition, ideas, thoughts and impressions. The unusual syntax used throughout the chapter conveys the states of mind which he goes though, guiding the reader into the prisoner's world. Keenan uses various techniques to convey the feeling of human degradation that he went through during the first period of his captivity. One of these is the enumeration of adjectives or nouns which communicate the misery to which he was reduced to. Such examples include the 'old, ragged, filthy cover' which suggest the grimy circumstances in which he had to live in. The 'excrement, sweat, the perspiration' emphasise this obloquy through which he goes. 'Sweat' and 'perspiration' imply oppressive heat, a sensation of lack of air. The 'excrement' implies that in this already oppressive space, Keenan is 'reduced to sleeping in the smell' of his 'own filth'. ...read more.

Middle

In the end the narrator expresses his despair by confessing that he is 'full with nothing', implying his frantic need of 'something' that he can 'think about', that can occupy his brain. Due to this prolonged lack of stimuli, Keenan becomes temporarily mentally unbalanced, with his senses going out of control. When Keenan is given a bowl of fruits his 'eyes are almost burned by what they see'. This suggests that due to his the repetitive, dull and lifeless days his senses became "thirsty" for a stimulus, and when they get it, they overact. This is suggested by the word 'burned', as the colours seem to go through his eyes, harming his retina, just as if he was kept in a dark place and then suddenly exposed to light, blinding him. His chaotic reaction is further emphasised by the extreme, seemingly almost exaggerated verbs or adjective for their nouns. Such examples include 'ecstatic embrace', 'torrents of tears', 'great rage' and tears that seem to 'tear the skin'. These powerful adjectives and verbs suggest his intense experience of the world. He seems to be flooded by these feelings and senses driving him into confusion and madness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Keenan's need of stability and support is accentuated by the phrase 'In my corner I sit enclosed in the womb of light from my candle-flame.' Sitting enclosed and the word 'womb' suggest a poverty of love and protection. Womb can also imply that his insecurity and fragility, just like an infant's or even more powerful, a yet unborn baby. He sits in the corner, almost trying to hide himself away, turning inwards. It seems that Keenan went through some phases. First the repetitive, monotonous days made his senses deprived of stimuli. He began to feel lifeless and his lack of motivation and emptiness made him depressed. Therefore, when he was exposed to a mild stimulus, the orange (and the other fruits), his senses went into extremes, overreacting. This caused a rush of sensitivity, ideas and thoughts, all of which were controlled by his senses. He could not bring control over his mind, and he lost the ability to reason logically for his ideas. His powerlessness made him feel insecure and weak, seeking comfort in light and a seemingly religious idolization of the colour orange, which can be interpreted as a worship of the Sun. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Adrian Mole Chapter Notes

    Adrian sent a card to Pandora with a poem inside, he wrote the card left handed so she wouldn't guess. February 15th Mr Lucas has moved back to his old house, Adrian's father was over the moon however his mother was distraught.

  2. An EVil Cradling - Rape Commentary

    These suggest that the expected effects of the beatings like pain and fear, which could have been used as weapons against the prisoners, were no longer applicable for Brian and John. In this way, the hostages possess the ultimate power, the psychological one which gives them control over the guards making them their slaves.

  1. A raisin in the sun

    Baby on the other couldn't take it any longer so he let go and PLOP! PLOP! All over the animals head. All about me Right now I am in secondary school and preparing for my G.C.S.E.'s which I am studying for very hard. I have moved into a new home.

  2. How does Rees use Language to Make the Reader Empathise with Mary?

    woman and men are cruel and the bad ones, therefore again the reader empathises with Mary. This is also near the first time the witch theme is mentioned. The quote seems so horrific it makes you think that they wouldn't just do it to anyone.

  1. Wuthering Heights - how it portrays the human condition

    The Linton's then describe him as: 'a wicked boy... quite unfit for a decent house.' Although it is hardly frowned upon to marry someone from a different class in today's society, this novel remains relevant on the human condition by the fact that it portrays how someone will do truly

  2. The Evil Efrit who did Good

    But we all obviously know that he was no match for the Noble King Solomon. A few years later, the immense Efrit who had previously bullied the young lion was astonished at the fact that the strongest of lions was in fact the weedy little cub he had picked on a couple of years back.

  1. Much Ado About Nothing

    Leonato relates to the other characters that there is a "merry war" between the two, an oxymoron created by Shakespeare, "They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them" which captures the war of thoughts and dry humour.

  2. In Mary Shelley's ''Frankenstein'' Is the Monster good or evil?

    In chapter five when the monster first come to being, Victor Frankenstein describes him as having 'yellow skin' which makes a picture in my head that he is disgusting and dead-which he is I think this because well yellow skin is dead skin.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work