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The first narrative technique which I noticed is that it is all writtenin a third person narrative apart from the final line

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The first narrative technique which I noticed is that it is all written in a third person narrative apart from the final line in which he Faulks introduces some speech personalising what is being said. The speech 'c'est ma fils' and 'she is mine' are all the more sentimental and valid emotionally because the tool of speech has been reserved throughout the passage.The second paragraph sets a precedent for the events in the third. I think this because the last line of the second paragraph says 'even if it meant the worse' and then in the third paragraph what we would perceive to be the worst happens. ...read more.

Middle

The structure suggests the ephemorality of life, and the emotions are mirrored in the length of the paragraphs. The birth is the largest and most important because is it the beginning untainted and unsure. The journey s full of pain and is exhaustive and the death sudden and confusing. A point of real interest to me was in the last line 'cest ma fils' he said wrongly' the word wrongly suggest what he said was incorrect. This could be due to a linguistic error in the French language but it appears to me that the error is because he has lost sight of his child's independence. ...read more.

Conclusion

The language in the fist paragrap hmirros the setting it is very clinsalc 'squeezed before hi eyes' because a child is delivedered in the hospital the beauty is that the language talks of mary as thought she is an indepent being quotes such as 'respected, admired,...quality of otherness ' speak of the baby as its own person. The whole passage is powrufl because the fna line places empahasis on th tragefdd o f death in death we are only significant if someone lays laimt o us reason follows that the most catchartic point in the passage is when we reaise the girl was Mary annd the familial bond is revealed.until then it was just 'the body of a girl'. Certain techniques such as alliteration of the B in 'blue bloody' ...read more.

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