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?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.

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