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Essay - Explorers or Boys Messing About

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Does the writer Steven Morris, present the men as explorers or boy messing about? Comment on point of view of the writer and how he uses facts and opinions. What words and phrases present the men in a certain way? (Be specific- verbs? Adjectives? Adverbs?) Character impression Tone As we begin to read the article Steven Morris has written, our first impressions we get are very one sided. He described the boys more like "boys messing about" rather than professional explorers. It then shifts our opinions to make us see the other side of the men and their background experiences. In this essay I will explore why he portrayed the men as he did and how he did it effectively. I will also share my opinionated thoughts and feelings about the men. If we start at the very beginning of the article, the title already starts our questioning about whether these men are real explorers. We understand that the taxpayers are the one who are suffering for the acts of the two individuals. Also the subheading also implies childlike behavior, "duo plucked from life-raft". ...read more.


This wins our vote over the men's unreasonable decision; this makes us believe that they didn't know what they were doing. "He said they were both in the life-raft but were okay and could I call the emergency people." This quote is what he told his wife; the writer then mocks him for it. He uses what he said against him to make Mr. Brooks sound unthankful and unappreciative. Mr. Brooks uses the word "emergency people", this implies that he expects to be rescued and he believes that it wasn't his fault. This not true because we know that he could have avoided any sort of problems by not doing what he did; he also shouldn't expect anyone to come rescue him when he was just reenacted something he has already done before. Then the writers build on the seriousness of the men's actions continuing when he explains what lengths the rescue teams and crews had to go through. "The royal navy's ice patrol... 180 miles away surveying uncharted waters, began steaming towards the scene." ...read more.


This can be cross-referenced to the event that the article was based on. This really helps the writer to interpret the truth about these men. We are humored even further by how the writer explains how a "spokesman for the pair" not knowing what had happened, stated that the flying conditions had been "excellent!" This portrays the men even further like young boys rather then any sort of professionals. Also the use of the word "spokesman" also makes us believe the he or she is not a very reliable source. In my opinion the writer is extremely correct about the men and their unnecessary actions. I also agree with the title, they are boys just messing about. They believe that they can do whatever they want without any consequences but that's not true. The men cost the taxpayers thousand and thousand of pounds worth for a rescue mission. This is not right and they should be stopped; I believe that the writer Steven Morris helps us see the men's true colours. I feel sympathetic to any taxpayer who has to deal with men who act like complete children; then expect the taxpayers to clean up after them, even for their mistakes. ?? ?? ?? ?? Abdulahad Pervez 289 10.2 ...read more.

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A strong case is made here for the conclusion that the men are "boys messing about". Quotations are appropriate and well integrated into the sentence structures. The present tense is used effectively when referring to the text, with only one slip.

Punctuation is frequently faulty and some sentence construction is ungrammatical.

3 stars.

Marked by teacher Jeff Taylor 20/05/2013

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