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

Levine's A Game of Headless Goat analysis

Extracts from this document...


?A Game of Headless Goat? analysis- IGCSE English Anthology Levine manages to keep the readers excited throughout the whole context through her language, presentational devices and dialogues of characters. There are elements of humor and seriousness to make it more engaging and interesting. In the first paragraph she builds excitement and expectation of the readers through immediate action; when she mentions her thought and idea on joining the ?Wacky Race?- it?s comical on how she brings the reference of a cartoon into a realistic situation- her lads Yaqoob and Iqbal?s ?loved the idea almost immediately. And the brief exchange between the trio- a brief description on what will happen- builds the excitement of the readers as well- ??We?ll open the car boot, you climb inside and point your camera towards the race. As the donkeys overtake us, we?ll join the car.? ?But will you try and get to the front?? ?Oh yes, that?s no problem.?? Levine is optimistic of the race as well. In the next paragraph, she focuses on building up the interest of the reader. ...read more.


She protects the culture and the tradition in order to promote the sport and their (Pakistan?s) traditions. In paragraph five, there?s a change in punctuation to speed up the pace of Levine?s writing, overall generating excitement. She begins to use lists and triads (?horns tooting, bells ringing and the special rattles used just for this purpose?) and again, it incorporates an informative tone in order to introduce the different aspects of culture; it also creates auditory imagery. The use of parenthesis (brackets)- ?(like maracas, a metal container filled with dried beans)? is another technique used to present additional information. Long, disjoined sentences reflect the excitement, pace and disorder of the event: ?men standing on top of their cars and vans?. Again, visual and tactile imagery is created through one word- ?jostled?. Paragraph six is where Levine ?enters the race?. Particular words such as ?swerve? (?... to edge out of the road and swerve in front of the nearest car?) illuminates speed in the race. Use of analogies such as ?Formula One? (fast-paced, seemingly chaotic) and ?City-centre rush hour? relates to the Western readers as it is a Western perspective of Levine and, creates understanding of speed and ?anarchic? disorder. ...read more.


Levine emphasizes on the alien culture and traditions, so exotic that even common reasoning differs- ?I assumed the winner was the one who completed the race but it was not seen that way by everyone?- this is one of the humorous instances in the paragraph. She reuses lists and triads to speed up the phase, rebuild the excitement lost at the end of the race and, creates visual imagery of the ?volatile situation?- ?Voices were raised, fists were out and tempers rising?. In the last two paragraphs, they return to their calm and steady environment and, there is a humorous yet sinister ending to the story. The way the seriousness of the situation- how Yaqoob is an under aged driver with no license- is laughed at and taken lightly of is slightly disturbing and therefore, ends in a serious note. Yet, there is a tone that still expresses the shared enjoyment and fun, new realization and understandings is born to recreate an adapted impression of the entire context. In short, the ironic, incorporated humor is used to reflect on the reality of the danger, making the situation a light-hearted one. - Vanjula S. ...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 Other Authors 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 Other Authors essays

  1. journeys end

    Stanhope takes action and catches the stick smashes it, throws it on the floor, shouts at Hibbert and then points his revolver at him and says "If you went, I'd have you shot for - deserting. It's a hell of a disgrace - to die like that.

  2. Landlady(roald dahl) ending

    The bodies were like to pickles. Billy stared at the crackling fire in the room. Thing of nothing but hate for the landlady. Malice and hate built up inside. And with no warning or control Billy threw a burning hot ember glowing log from the fire to the bed of stuffed men.

  1. Diverse Culture- Guleri and Veronica

    The author use comparable and diverse techniques to present and show their characteristics. Veronica is a very unfortunate woman who grew up in her native village. She lived with her susceptible mother, abusive and alcoholic father and other young siblings who have not been mentioned much throughout the story.

  2. An analysis of Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

    The reader may think that the question interrupted what the father was saying but this is only Sterne's trick which aims at our misconception: "- Did ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question?"

  1. How Does The Writer Create Tension And Suspence In The Monkeys Paw

    This immediately shows a lack of sympathy and that she doesn't care too much for Juliet or her feelings. She goes on to say "but much of grief shows still some want of wit" saying crying too much makes you look stupid which again isn't a very sympathetic way to

  2. An analysis of the opening of Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau

    Nosferatu was different to other films of the time. Most of the film was shot location in Eastern Europe therefore there was a sense of realism and expressionism in the film. When the film was released, Florence Stoker noticed the similarities and sued the movie.

  1. An Analysis of - The Darkness Out There

    lips" she enjoyed the telling and probably enjoyed causing that pain to the boy, it was simply vengeance an eye for an eye, the Germans killed her husband and ruined her life and the life she no doubt had planned out in her mind, so she had no qualms in letting this poor young lad die.

  2. Prose Text Analysis- All Quiet On The Western Front

    In numerous episodes the comradeship between the men of Second Company is emphasized. For instance, Paul, Kat and Kropp are shown to be especially close.

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