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The introductory section of A Vendetta perfectly sets the scene for the rest of the story in a number of ways.

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Introduction

Sally Bryan 10B2 16th March 2004 A Vendetta The introductory section of A Vendetta perfectly sets the scene for the rest of the story in a number of ways. The actual title, " A Vendetta," means to want revenge, or to hold a grudge against a person. This, as we explore further on in the story, is exactly what the theme is about. The writer uses a varied use of language in order to paint an image in our minds of where the widow lives. He portrays an image of a savage, dangerous place that is situated by the sea, "The town built on a mountain spur, in some places actually overhangs the sea." The opening sentence of this section introduces us to the woman, but we are not given a name for her, "Paolo Saverini's widow lived alone with her son." This continues throughout the story as the woman is constantly referred to as " the widow." ...read more.

Middle

This repetition, although it gets softer, continues for a while, "Look like torn sheets floating and drifting on the surface of the water." This sentence is also relevant to the rest of the story. The torn sheets could represent the torn rags of the dummy due to Frisky the dog's mad rage over hunger. Also, to think of it in a more graphic way, the word "torn" represents the torn skin of Nicolas Ravolati, who is later savaged by Frisky according to the plan of the old widow. Following the actual description of Bonifacio, the writer moves on to describe the widow's house briefly, "The widow Saverini's house, clinging to the very edge of the cliff, had three windows opening on to this wide desolate view." The word clinging could represent the widow clinging on to her thirst for revenge over her murdered son. It tells me that the old lady will hold on until she has her vengeance, and in her case the vengeance is to murder Nicolas Ravolati. ...read more.

Conclusion

The word "quarrel" tells me that it does not take much to flare up the temper of Nicolas Ravolati, because a quarrel is only a small argument. After the small argument however, he decided to kill the man whom he was arguing with. It also informs me that Nicolas was scared of what may happen to him, so he escaped out of the country. In addition, it informs me that Nicolas knew there would be trouble if he did not leave. In my opinion, I think this sentence perfectly ends the opening section. It gives us a sense of excitement as we know that something sinister could happen, and it makes us desperate to read the rest of the story just to find out if Nicolas is given what he deserves for murdering Antoine Saverini. Overall, I think the opening section of A Vendetta perfectly sets the scene for the rest of the story by the varied use of language and the vast use of effective adjectives. I think that the writer gradually builds up the excitement, and this sets the scene for the rest of the story, as the story is full of excitement. ...read more.

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