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Thesis: The 12 aspects from the prose wheel are the guide lines that help the reader to explore the tone, theme and setting of the story. Under the frangipani by Mia Couto is a very fascinating story. This is because the story is rare and very fictious. It talks about the dead being alive i.e. the dead's soul goes into a living body hence one body accommodates two souls. The main idea of the story is about a murder that takes place and upon interrogation each of person present at that place takes the blame upon himself or herself with a pretty rigid reason. Mia Couto takes us across many different people having strange behaviors, life styles and abilities. Couto uses a wide range of styles to make his novel interesting. The most crucial tool Couto used in developing his story was characters. He used a number of characters in his story each very different from another. First of all was the dead man himself i.e. Ermelindo Mucanga. This man is actually dead yet narrating to us his story. This character plays an important role in the book because he is the one the novel is based upon. ...read more.


The caretaker of the refuge, Marta, too is one strange character of the story. She was the nurse of the old people like Navai and little Miss No. Mata used to sleep naked on the ground. She claimed that this way she could absorb the secret energies of the earth; this is seen on page 69. When Couto uses such characters to develop his story readers get excited to read more about them, because these are not the activities done by us normal people. Almost all of the characters' he uses in his story are 'Round' meaning we exactly know where they come from, what they do and what their inner thoughts and feelings are. His character also 'Foil' because they come in the way of the main characters' (Ermelindo) goal of investigating the murder of Vastome Excellency. They all take the blame upon themselves and give a right reason to that. The novels' setting also plays a crutial part in making the story interesting. This story is settled in Africa, in Mozambique, in a former Portuguese fort that used to store slaves and ivory but now offers refuge to old people. ...read more.


This also confuses the readers and brings about the urge to read further. Couto's wide use of imagery also brings the taste into his writing. He uses many images in different situations _____________ make the story seem more lively. For instance on page 126 "Life is like a cigarette. Lonely like the ash after the cigarette has been smoked." Hence Marta is comparing her life with a cigarette in a conversation with the inspector. Imageries like these make his readers engaged in reading and not feel bored. Diction is another component that we can spot in Couto's work. He was a variety of words are like "halakavuma" of page 122 "wamulambo" of page 85 and "nkakana" of page 59. These words make the readers feel a though they have sunk into the characters' life style and cultures. It brings some sort of comfort ness which makes Couto's story less monotonous. The book as a whole has a unique layout. It usually has confessions at night. This could be, so that Couto can bring a good atmosphere "silence", "witchcraft" and "evil." He also uses a range of dialogues though-out the story e.g. Conversations between old Gaffer and Sidimingo on page 63. This makes the readers enjoy reading the story. ...read more.

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