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Snowdrops - Exploring

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Daniel Lainchbury "Snowdrops" Task: - Explore "Snowdrops". Targets: - 1) Consider the structure and language. 2) What does the writer want to achieve. 3) Your personal views are essential. "Snowdrops" is a story based on child like wonder, emotion and discovery. After reading the story many times in depth I have discovered that there is a lot more to the story than there aperies for example contrasts and comparison in the short story that liven it up quite significantly, like use of colours, temperature, descriptions, textures and creative writing are all used to create a certain atmosphere. What is the story about? If you were to read the story once you would probably say it was about a schoolteacher that all the children like and she was seeing a man who died. But if you look closely at the structure of the story then you will see there is more than that, it is about a child who cant wait to ...read more.


Then he would dip his spoon in it and drink it.' Does this create a marvellous picture in your head? Because it does in mine as I have done this myself when I have been eating my breakfast. This is a prime example of child like wonder as he is so amused and excited with his new discovery, when you are younger you are fascinated with the smallest things like the porridge and the "snowdrops". Contrasts are occurring all the time in "Snowdrops" for example reds and oranges are used to create that affect of heat and well being and give the sense of home and every thing will be all right. One contrast early on in the story is the cold morning and the glow of the fire because this gives you the feeling of security, everyone knows what is like on a ice cold winters day and you just want to get in from of the fire and go the sleep, I think this is the feeling that the writer is trying to create in the paragraph. ...read more.


When the teacher was reading the story, "She shut her book with a snap and stood up. She hadn't finished the story ", this is defiantly put in this story deliberately and is comparing the actions of the teacher to the accident that the boy had. Snap? Why did the writer put this? The answer is defiantly to make a reference to the crash and the sounds involved in a R.T.A. As for the unfinished story this is to demonstrate that the boys life had ended before it had finished. Although I did not like the story that much I think most of the contrasts and comparisons are not put in deliberately but have turned out very well and work with the plot of the story. But the ones that were put in by the writer are excellent and add a great touch and twist to the story. ...read more.

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