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How far do you agree that the writer brings different characters to life in the extract from Mayhew's 'Paved with Gold'?
In the fourth paragraph, Mayhew uses structure to his advantage by asyndetically listing individual descriptions of characters which creates unique identities for the characters, which helps bring the characters to life in the reader?s mind. This is further enhanced by the descriptions of the clothing of the characters; for example, ?greasy garments?. Again, the use of alliteration here helps link the adjective and the very general noun which further emphasises the bad condition the character?s possessions are in currently in. ?Garments? is a very general noun, which has connotations of ragged and worn clothing that would not be considered desirable.
- Word count: 701
The ellipsis allows the reader the time to create an image and then to understand the terror. Also, a tide is normally blue or clear, similar to the sea, which seems normal and calm whereas this is black, dark and menacing, almost like Dark Matter. It reinforces that there is nothing normal about this place, for example, when Paver says, ?Fog had darkened the blotchy stains to black?. When Paver says ?drowning?, it gives the idea that there is some dark controlling ?ghost? that can drown a wave. It is particularly menacing because a black tide gives the reader the idea that it is powerful and almost has an agenda.
- Word count: 714
In the extract of the novel Nervous Condition by Tsitsi Dangarembga, she makes it possible to sympathize for Tambu
also Nyasha?s as well because Babamukuru wants to be treat like a god and thinks that ?anyone who defies my authority is an evil thing in this house, bent on destroying what I have made? even though he did something wrong. More importantly, he does not even care why Tambu does not want to go to the wedding. The sound devices and hard consonants and metaphor helps to add more impact of violence into Babamukuru rage to Tambu like ?my uncle?s volcanic temper.? Dangarembga helps the reader sympathize more for Tambu?s suffering and mistreatment from Babamukuru with the help of sound devices.
- Word count: 691
Another aspect of racism prevalent in the novel is the use of language, used as a powerful weapon to express racism. This can be evident through the citations which were ?black bastard? and ?blackie teacher? were intended to be provoking. Denham, who cited the slur: ?black bastard? was only said to gain attention from his peers and by standing up to the teacher, it would give him the characteristics of a leader; an individual who was brave and stood up for what he believed in.
- Word count: 1393
The Nazi?s classify them as subhumans and make them march through Molching, while they are being tortured by the Nazi soldiers which is totally wrong. Hans Hubermann showed great compassion and pity even though there would be consequences, as he rushes to a crowd of Jews and gives and old man a piece of bread. ?The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic?.
- Word count: 589