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Isabella Bird describes her reactions on first going into the jungle; David Attenborough explains the life cycle of trees in the jungle. Compare the ways in which they write about the jungle from their different points of view.

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1. Isabella Bird describes her reactions on first going into the jungle; David Attenborough explains the life cycle of trees in the jungle. Compare the ways in which they write about the jungle from their different points of view. * The purpose each writer has in writing; * The ways the writers order and organise their ideas; * The impressions of the jungle that their choices of words create; * How they use language to reveal their personal responses to the world of nature. Isabella the writer of extract one, brings to the readers attention her feelings in the jungle and then she goes on to say a bit more about what actually happened mixed in with some of her emotions. It has a lot of description in it. As for David the writer of the second extract, he has written it like a fact file. ...read more.

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I think this is quite good as they both use the same word in part of their extract (lianas). But he says, 'the lianas, binding it to its neighbours tighten'. Isabella uses it in a different way with more description, 'lianas, hanging, looping, twisting-their orange fruitage hanging over our heads'. Now they are two totally different approaches to this word that actually means: a type of climbing plant that twines around trees. In the first extract she shares her experience on the opening line when she describes her reaction on first going into the jungle when she says, 'the mystery of night in a strange place was wildly picturesque; the pale, greenish, undulating light of fire and the broad red waving glare of torches flashings fitfully on the skeleton pier' She gets right into her thoughts of this place and describing it that the way it comes together may give you the impression that it is from a children's book. ...read more.

Conclusion

That it was so great that no words could describe it far less that hers. She made it sound so wonderful when she says, 'this new wonder world so enchanting, tantalising, intoxicating, makes me see despair, for I can't make you see what I am seeing!' This puts the icing on the cake for her extract as she gave so much description throughout, and built up a picture into your mind, then she goes on to say that it was so much better than what we are thinking and that she can't even merely describe it. It was like a 'new planet'. David doesn't really give a personal comment at the end of his. This may be because his feelings are show throughout his writing or simply because unlike Isabella this isn't a 'new planet' to him. It's some where that he has been, seen and doesn't seem to keen. ...read more.

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