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What do you find interesting about the way A.S Byatt describes the scene in the church yard? You should consider characterization, language and anything else you find interesting.

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Introduction

What do you find interesting about the way A.S Byatt describes the scene in the church yard? You should consider characterization, language and anything else you find interesting. I found this passage very interesting to read, as it included so much sub-text. Byatt uses many literary techniques, such as personification, and metaphors, similes and onomatopoeias throughout this passage. They help create a distinct and vivid atmosphere, and entices the reader- reading this passage really made me want to read the book-the imagery used made me fell like I was in the middle of the graveyard watching these two men work. The two characters are very individual, it is obvious Cropper is in charge, he- as the expression goes is 'wearing the trousers'. Many things suggest this hierarchy to the reader, "Hilderbrand grunted", here we imagine Hilderbrand as a pig, an animal considered quite negative- repulsive to some. By portraying Hilderbrand as a pig, Byatt is placing Cropper in a superior role- as a pig is an animal controlled and used by man. ...read more.

Middle

Many people have phobias about snakes- and they are animals that many people have very controversial opinions on. He is described to dig "with terrible glee", and is short with Hilderbrand's worries. He is a man on a mission, and he refuses to let anything prohibit what he believes to be "his destiny". Hilderbrand gives up once the digging gets to tough..."he was sitting.... Cropper dug", I think he believes what they are doing is wrong, and feels a great amount of guilt, however he is to weak to stop Cropper, and simply follows Croppers instructions, not wanting to be controversial. He believes they are "beyond the limit", but can only admit this in a different context- referring to the storm, rather than the act they are committing. The passage is a very dramatic piece of text, the wind is described in a very vivd manner. Byatt personifies the wind, giving it almost demon qualities, as if it were the spirits of the graveyard have coming to haunt the two crooks. ...read more.

Conclusion

Its ironic that they have just been digging a grave, and that while they are doing this Cropper's car is buried by trees. Its like he's getting his comeuppance for committing such a n awful crime. To dig up a grave is not only illegal, but extremely disrespectful, its quite a morbid act to be carrying out, graveyards are not 'nice' places- they are places of sorrow, and pain, and so to corrupt that is a very low crime to commit. I really enjoyed reading this passage. I think Byatt is a very powerful writer, the imagery used makes the scenes very vivid for the reader, and really draws you into the story. The powerful language captures the reader. The two characters are both very desperate, however Hiderbrand seems more desperate to stop, whereas Cropper is desperate to find the box. The repetition of words emphasizes their desperation, the short sentences make it obvious their aims are clear, and the dramatic surroundings make the story exiting. ...read more.

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