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Commentary of a passage from John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins

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Commentary from John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins In this passage from John Dollar, the author, Marianne Wiggins, discribes a catastrophe and the confuison of the survivors after it. With the description of the actions and the setting, the reader understands that this passage takes place after a shipwreck. Some girls are . Scratchy, covered with sand, exhausted, and confused, the girls are starting to wake up. The reader follows this retablisement, while the author conveys the feelings of the girls; mainly confusion. The syntax emphasizes this idea. Through out the text, Wiggins creates an atmosphere of confusion. He presents a sense of the environment for this incident. In fact, the beach, which is often related to holidays, pleasure and happiness, is in this passage demonstrated as a torture for the girls; "This was a torture", a place for their death. But the opening sentence seems to demonstrate the opposite: "The air smelled like diamonds". ...read more.


It was sharp in their lungs. The repetition of the pronom "she" centers the action on the girls. "She" designes different girls through out the passage: the girls in general, Oopi, Gabi, and Amanda. This permits the reader to have different points of view and situations. Furthermore, in the first part of the passage, Wiggins conveys the feelings of the girls through a precise description of their situation. Their state is grave. Indeed, from the very beginning of the text, their life is unsure. The use of the hyperbole "Theirs was a not-life, a state of nonbeing, a coma from which they were waking, a stage in the life of a worm" emphasizes their physical and mental pains and the last expression compares the stage of life of the survivors with one of a worm, which are vulnerable insects. Their pain is so intense that death might have been a better issue to their problems: "No one was glad to discover to she was still alive". ...read more.


Furthermore, the rhetorical questions are used to emphasize their confusion, they have no idea where they are, what has happen to them. The exclamation mark translates their emotion: "basta!" and the dash before "carrion eaters arrived", creates a pose to emphazise this powerful image. The last paragraph, distuinguishes itself from the rest of the text because its two lines. Nevertheless, it is the most important part, the reader understand that the girls are the survivors of a shipwrecked. The word "Help" has a capital letter, therefore it is caracterized as a name. "Help" cqn be replqce by the word "God" because the girls, left alone, are waiting for a miracle to rescue them. In conclusion, through the setting, the use of metaphors, the syntax, repeated ideas images and the pronoms, Marianne Wiggins, conveys the feelings on the girls after the incident. The confusion is total, in their brain and on earth. The typical, peaceful elements of the seaside transform to attack the girls and the colors swam in their mind. ...read more.

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