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Commentary - Hope

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Commentary - Hope Aimed at the older teenagers with sophisticated lexis, 'Hope' has been opened by presenting literary devices such as personification, phonological features and repetition, thus setting the scene whilst subtly stressing the conveyed mood and theme. The usage of the present tense rather than the past removes the linear dictation by time and restricts knowledge to situation rather than chronology. By applying a present tense to this text, I have removed the idea that the darkness has limits as it seems to be immovable, and because of this, the reader has to accept it's presence and learn how to benefit from the lighter area's. Within 'Hope', a musical lexis is applied to the text, creating more intensity and dynamic description to the text. ...read more.


By understanding the lexis further, it can be seen how the corrupt darkness can hide crime, allowing people to act invisibly, thus portraying a symbol of injustice. Superlatives are employed in 'Hope', indicating a definite difference to the text in the second paragraph, virtually drawing all movement to a standstill. 'The dark place seems to be the darkest, and the long night seems to be the longest'. Through the use of superlatives here, the initial rhythm built in the first paragraph is slowed down, encouraging the reader to read at a slower tempo, taking in each and every word. The slow rhythm compliments the slow breathing pattern of a sleeping person, which is abruptly drawn to a halt when they 'awake with a jolt', thus allowing the reader to create that vital mental picture. ...read more.


Extensive description is employed by using different verbs such as 'hovering', 'creeping', 'rolling', inventing various actions for one thing, ultimately creating an immense more imaginable visual image. 'Hope' has many linguistic features enclosed in it's text, some of which contribute to the visual side of the mental picture and some on the phonological side although I feel the devices used could be more finely applied to potentially create more suspense for the reader. However, there is some subtle yet successful description that highlights the social injustice, crime, and the feeling of vulnerability. It is through the use of profound imagery coupled with the concluding line of the text that such ideas are able to be prominent in the minds of readers, portraying an overall hopeful, yet hopeless image. ...read more.

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