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Comparison of texts on childrens literature- Mail Online and Roald Dahl Website.

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Comparison of texts on children?s literature- Mail Online and Roald Dahl Website. Most children?s Literature is used for entertainment, learning and conveying messages. The majority of children?s literature has a dual target audience of children and adults. I will be comparing the text of the Mail online and the Roald Dahl website. The presentation of both texts is very different. For example, pictures in the Mail online appeal to a range of people. In the article there are two pictures. One is a photograph of Scott McIntyre, his son and a packshot of the book he wrote. In the photograph of Scott and his son, the boys are both wearing matching hoodies which happen to be blue. The fact that the hoodies are both the same and are both the colour blue shows that the audience is most likely a parent or more specifically, a father. This is because the colour blue is often related to boys. The photograph also shows Scott smiling. ...read more.

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The way education is seen in both texts is very different. In the Roald Dahl interview education plays an important part in Roald Dahl?s views and concepts. For example, he mentions ?Hemmingway, a great American writer. Children are not supposed to know who Hemmingway is, but the fact that Dahl mentions him in his text shows that Dahl wants the children to find out. He also mentions him to subtly attract the parents to his website. This matches the idea that children?s literature has a dual audience. Dahl wants to attract the adults hopefully to gain some money. Disimilarly, Mail online does not focus on education as being a very important part in children?s literature. For example Scott ?failed his higher English? and he was ?disappointed by the children?s books? that were ?filled with morals and messages about good behaviour- and he wanted something more fun?. The fact that Scott failed his higher English shows to the audience that anyone can write a book and doesn?t need to learn how to write first. ...read more.

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It has been made for an audience of aduts who do not know how to read and write very well. The purpose of the text is mostly to make money and entertain the reader, not really to educate or teach the reader. In contrast to the Mail online, the Roald Dahl structure is a spoken interview which can also be listened to and it is written word for word. The fact that the interview is directly from Roald Dahl speech and it is his stream of consciousness makes it much more interesting and real. There are grammatical errors because the the text is unedidted, but the fact it is unedited and the errors reflects the nature of Dahl?s perspective of children?s literature. In conclusion I believe that both texts are very different in the way they view and adress children?s literature. I believe that the purpose and audience of both texts is also very different. The only similarities are that they both agree on the dual audience of children?s literature but one text more than the other one. Katerina Drakos 10MDO ...read more.

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