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Short Stories Essay

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ENGLISH SAC Brandon Laane 11FB Essay Question: What techniques do authors use to highlight characters strengths and weaknesses? Authors use techniques to highlight both the characters strengths and weaknesses in their stories. They have done this a number of ways in all 4 stories; The Second Hand Tongue, Tri, Rory and The Tattooist. They express this by showing humour, understanding, knowledge, vocabulary and they even use point of view to show both their weaknesses and strengths. The story Tri was in the first person narration. The author uses the techniques of understanding and point of view. The author does this by writing the story based on the point of view of one of the three bullies that are harassing a harmless little Chinese boy. Tri has an abrupt starting to the story saying "We found him crying in the toilet again. We knew we would" which entices the reader to continue reading to find out what happens. The unnamed character the story is based on is different from the other bullies because through the story he develops an understanding of the victims feelings when he realises the boy is just like them when the little boy yells "You wet me! ...read more.

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One of the girls asks for a tattoo and he goes to decline the question until he sees the design she drew. The Tattooist and the city girl develop a thorough understanding for each other when she asks if he knows what they mean. He replies "Lest we forget" as he lets his hand relax into hers, showing that they have now understood where each other are coming from and he no longer believes them to be the girls he thought they were. The Second Hand Tongue is written in the third person view and uses humour and understanding to involve the readers and to show the strengths and weaknesses of the characters. The author does this by making the main character in the story say humorous things and attract the readers to keep them laughing. The story is written how a teenager would write it, using slang and saying things only a teenager would "This one's absolutely useless: I've worked it to death" to attract the younger age group of readers. The Second Hand Tongue is based on a boy who never stopped talking to the point he over worked his tongue, to the point he can't use it anymore. ...read more.

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Rory looked like the sort of innocent, perfect child to everyone, this is expressed by the narrator saying "He was as frail as matchsticks, his skin was like white powder, and I swear every time I saw him his eyes were bigger." showing the weakness of the character. Rory's brother did seem upset that people thought his brother was such a saint and always didn't pay attention to him, but at the same time he has a weakness about him, he really does love his brother, this was expressed the best in the last paragraph saying "He wasn't perfect. He wasn't easy to love. He wasn't easy to kiss either, a lot of times I hated him. There's nothing perfect about me either. But God, it hurt when he died." Showing that no matter how mad he was he still loves and misses his brother Rory. In the 4 stories; The Second Hand Tongue, Tri, Rory and The Tattooist you can clearly state the strengths and weaknesses in each story and can understand the message the author is trying to get across. Each of the four authors used different techniques in their stories which worked in their own unique way. Some of the ways ranged from Humour to figurative language. ...read more.

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