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Comparing Communication of Facts, Emotion and Purpose between The Reports of Fergal Keane and Primo Levi

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Comparing Communication of Facts, Emotion and Purpose between The Reports of Fergal Keane and Primo Levi 'On the Bottom' and 'A Letter to Daniel' are hard to compare at first as both include reports of past life experiences. Fergal Keane introduces his stories inside his report but Primo Levi's 'On the Bottom' report is the actual story of his experience. In Keane's letter he tells that he is in Hong Kong and his thoughts and his stories all come from that one moment at 6am. But in the first few paragraphs of Primo Levi's report Levi makes it mysterious as to where he is and has written it more like a diary and the reader is forced to pick up clues from the information given. ...read more.

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Instead of using 'I' as himself he often uses 'one' in a sentence, the reader feeling he writes for the majority. He quotes; 'some of us are immediately convinced all is lost, that one cannot live here, that the end is near and sure'- (p141-line 45), 'Today in our times, hell must be like this.'- (p132) and 'No human condition is more miserable than this'. Levi brings across a negative and self-pitying note. Both reports are truthful in ways that move the reader. Both reports show ignorance in one way or the other towards the outside world. While as we have seen Fergal Keane, in that moment in his life experiences the thoughts and cares only for his baby, Levi on the other hand although showing little thought at all, I sense that he had given up. ...read more.

Conclusion

But Primo Levi's 'On the Bottom' shows the longer story of his experience at a concentration camp. As Fergal Keane's report tells of several different stories it has far more characters than Levi's report which only introduces a few. In Primo Levi's story names are mentioned but they are names of officers who are addressed as 'Mr.'- this gives the reader the sense that he cant and the officers don't acknowledge the prisoners. They are numbers unlike the characters in Keane's write-up remembering the names of the children and their stories in detail. The most important basic and important conclusion that I've made is that Keane's report altogether shows hope and positive thoughts of birth, the youth and the living. Although Primo Levi's end to his report his one of a sad and more depressing note of grief, death and the suffering. Michaella Quinn ...read more.

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