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Comparison and contrast of texts on London I have chosen to compare and contrast the British Transport Holiday in London leaflet, The interview with Rachel, Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and the opening of Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Starting with Upon Westminster Bridge, I think the purpose of the poem is to try and make the reader appreciate London, and let the poem inspire them. It's a celebration of London. It's also meant to entertain the reader, just as Bleak House is written to entertain the reader and express the author's attitude to London. But the opening of Bleak House also provides an introduction to the central themes of the book .One of the purposes of The British Transport holiday leaflet is also to entertain, but only to entertain us in order to promote London Transport service and is a persuasive piece. The only text that doesn't serve to entertain is text B, the interview with Rachel. Were Rachel knew it was to help an A- level class and the purpose of it was to articulate her feelings on London. ...read more.


The fog clings on to people in a negative way making people ill, it's a dynamic force that interacts with people much the same as the law does. By using this metaphor we are given an introduction to the Chancellor and an impression of him without even mentioning him. Another text that uses nature to give an impression is Upon Westminster Bridge, but nature in this text is used to create a positive image rather that a negative. Wordsworth compares the beauty of the sun shinning in the sky to the theatres and domes glittering in the London air. Wordsworth uses positive adjectives in front of nouns about nature in order to give an admirable impression on London through links with nature. For example "Never did the sun look so beautifully steep". Another way in which Dickens makes the Bleak House passage feel timeless is by using lots of present participles but no dynamic verbs. Also only the finial paragraph uses a standard sentence, the lack of tense in the passage suggests that its not only now that London has been foggy and dreary but its how it's always been. ...read more.


I think that Rachel's language is more complex because she knows that she is being interview. Gill takes charge of the interview by changing the subject matter and asking questions, such as "and how've you made them is it through work or " and she is constantly showing listener support and understanding by saying "yeh" and "mmmm". The only other text that try's to imitate this conversational style is the British Transport leaflet the writer does this by using conjunctions like and and but and trying to interact with the reader by using commanding sentences such as "take the stairs" and using personal pronouns such as you . In conclusion I think that all the authors attitudes are strongly shown in their writing. Charles Dickens might be exaggerated in order to fit with the novel, but it is clearly that London is corrupt and dark, and Wordsworth is that it is beautiful and that everyone should be able to experience it. The author of the British Transport leaflet might be untrue because of the purpose of the text, but he appreciates the historical element of London and I think that Rachel feels isolated in London and that its size is overwhelming. ...read more.

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