• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Consider the different ways, including use of language, that each writer uses to get inside a character.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Language and Literature AS Level Coursework Dhruti Patel Option One Question One- Consider the different ways, including use of language, that each writer uses to get inside a character. In this essay I will be considering the different ways that D.H. Lawrence, Raymond Carver and Edgar Allan Poe have used to get inside a character's thoughts and feelings. I will be referring in detail to 'Tickets, Please' by D.H. Lawrence, 'A Serious Talk' by Raymond Carver, and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe. I will be exploring how these writers use language and other techniques to create the internal world of each character. I have chosen these stories as they are all different and I will evaluate the effectiveness of the use of language used by each writer. I will first of all explore the way each writer introduces his main character. In 'A Serious Talk' the writer introduces the character of Burt and immediately takes us into his feelings from the first sentence: "Vera's car was there, no others, and Burt gave thanks for that." Although the story is told in the third person, the reader is given information about Burt's inner thoughts and feelings, which lets us know that the story will be told from his point of view. ...read more.

Middle

The style of the writing in this story imitates the nervous, disjointed speech patterns of the mad man's voice. The use of the first person present tense is a very powerful technique for getting into the mind of a character. The reader is immediately taken into the mad man's inner thoughts and feelings. However, it is also very limiting to the writer, as unlike Laurence, for example, he cannot describe anything from another character's point of view. I will now look at the development of the characters as each story progresses. Poe develops his character by describing the mad man's feelings continuously. He uses emotive words and imagery: "His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness". This almost gives a sense of the darkness being something the reader can physically feel. He describes emotion in a dramatic way: "it was the groan of mortal terror." The way that Poe describes the mad man creates a strong image in the reader's mind. The language he uses is practical and shows no emotion when he talks about "the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body." He talks about dismembering the corpse as though he is a butcher cutting up meat. ...read more.

Conclusion

louder! louder! louder !" This rhythmic rapid use of language conveys a sense of the mad man's panic and also imitates the sound of a heartbeat or ticking watch. In this way, he takes us inside the mind of the character by reproducing the disjointed pattern of his thoughts. In conclusion all three stories are highly effective in their use of language and techniques at creating the inside of a character's mind. Lawrence is the only writer of the stories I have considered to make use of the omniscient narrator technique. He takes us into different characters minds and allows us to contrast them from both inner and outer perspectives. He has created a story full of detail, description and emotion. Carver has also used the third person but presents his characters thoughts and feelings through describing everything from his point of view, allowing the reader to see the distortions in Burt's way of thinking. He skilfully creates a sense of emotion in an indirect way, through physical description, which presents Burt's perspective. Finally, Poe has used a dramatic first person monologue, which suits the extreme character of the mad man and creates an intense sinister atmosphere, which Poe is famous for. His story has a strong sense of tension and horror. Overall these three stories are very different, and show the variety and creativity in the short story form. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE DH Lawrence section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE DH Lawrence essays

  1. Why Is the Story called Fanny and Annie?

    She first reveals this in a church. This is very important, as the church has great meaning to the story. The church is the symbol of love in Fanny's life. She first went their with her first fianc� Luther, the true love of her life, "her cousin Luther at her side, young, clever" as well as where

  2. "Examine DH Lawrence's 'Mountain Lion' and 'Snake', showing how the poet a) uses language ...

    The Mexican is carrying a lion and upon telling this to Lawrence "smiles, foolishly" indicating guilt. They are embarrassed that they have been caught doing wrong. Lawrence smiles back. There is tension. Neither party is sure what to do. Lawrence then studies the Mexicans' faces.

  1. Critical appraisal of DH Lawrence's short story, 'Odour of Chrysanthemums', making use of stylistic ...

    This is probably because DH Lawrences main experience of miners wives were from his mother who married down into the mining society. This wearyness of life and the feeling that she could do better is clear throughout and does not make her a likable character but it does createe an air of simpathy for Elizabeth.

  2. Discuss the part played by the narrator in two, or more texts. The two ...

    The narrator Stevens, is an unreliable narrator. Unreliable narrators are invariably invented characters who are part of the stories they tell. The use of one is so the writer can find an interesting way to bridge the gap between appearance and reality. Stevens is a man whose whole life has been based on the suppression and evasion of truth, about himself and others.

  1. David Herbert Lawrence - review of The Rainbow

    "Ursula was rather frightened by Mr. Brunt's mechanical ignoring of her, and the directness of statement. It was something new to her. She had never been treated like this before, as if she did not count, as if she were addressing a machine"8 Out of fear Ursula instead buries aspects

  2. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence (1885-1930)

    "But it needs a certain natural gift to become a loose woman or a prostitute. If you haven't got the qualities which attract loose men, what are you to do? Supposing it isn't in your nature to attract loose and promiscuous men!

  1. Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tony Kytes, ...

    Annie, from 'Tickets, Please' stays 'sharp' all the way through the story, even when rejected by John Thomas. The women in 'Tony Kytes', on the other hand, are more concerned with looking for a husband, and so they are more willing to forgive Tony's deceit.

  2. Compare and contrast the different attitude to animal shown by the poet in the ...

    DH Lawrence builds up the his views of the snake by emphasise the word and his views on the snake start of very positive and then later on his views change again and he has very many negative points about the snake.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work