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Gold Legged Frog and The red Ball.

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Introduction

Explore the ways in which a families struggle against poverty is presented in "The Gold Legged Frog" and "The Red Ball". In both stories "The Gold Legged Frog" and "The Red Ball", the writers use a range of language and techniques, to emphasize the struggles the families are going through, due to their poverty, which cause the writer to sympathise with what they are going through. In "The Gold Legged Frog" the opening paragraph is carefully crafted to create a general impression of depravation. Around the main character, Nak, is an "expanse" of dry, bleak land in which nothing much grows. The reader gains the impression that surrounding him is a huge area of nothingness. It's probably a really desolate and lonely landscape, with no animals grazing, or vegetation growing there, so we feel that Nak is quite isolated. It also conveys a feeling of entrapment, with no escape from his life. This expanse expressed "total dryness", which emphazises how dry it was. Srinawk uses these powerful adjectives, to make the reader aware of how uncomfortably hot it is. He also uses assonance to further emphasise the extreme discomfort of the heat. ...read more.

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Nak's position in society is very low down; he is nothing more than a peasant. The writer shows this quite clearly, with Nak's encounter with the deputy district officer. Srinawk mocks this character, which hints to us that perhaps he is not likeable, or Srinawk himself does not intend him to be liked; "raised his fat face to stare at him". Immediately we receive a negative view of him. I also feel that he abuses his position, and has a very inflated view of himself, by the way he treats Nak, which is in a very rude and almost cruel manner; "Idiot, don't you have eyes to see people are working". The officer says this even though he's not working at all, but pretending he's working, just to torment Nak. This shows how badly treated people like Nak are in this village. If you're poor, you get treated badly. What both these stories have in common is poverty, and how the families deal with it. The stories' focuses are on different members of the family, a father, and a son. They deal with poverty in different ways, obviously because of the age difference. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a serious problem, as alcohol is very expensive, and is making them a lot poorer; "a nip of rum meant that it was a holiday or a celebration". This suggests to the reader the father is abusing the alcohol, using it as an escape, and also that alcohol is a luxury. The drunken state of the father makes him neglect his fatherly duties, and this gives an evident effect on the father-son relationship. Bolan, tries to seek out this fatherly affection he is obviously not receiving at home, from a statue, probably of Neptune. "A giant of a man standing lordly among four half-fish half-women creatures, a tall trident in his massive arm pointing to the shell of blue sky." This prolonged description shows that the statue makes a big impression on him, and that it commands respect from him, just like his father. So the reader gets the impression that he is relating it to his father. In both essays the writers create a sense of poverty very effectively, by describing the harshness of the conditions their in, and what their lacking, such as education. Both stories are very emotive as their emotional states are sad about what isolated lives they lead, and are not able to escape. By Tessa Hutchinson ...read more.

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