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Analysis of Text A from Question 1 in Booklet 3

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Analysis of Text A from Question 1 in Booklet 3

Text A, unlike all the rest, talks about fish and chips in a positive manner and therefore I have decided to analyse this text from all four. The speaker immediately begins the topic of fish and chips by expressing his delight to remembering the best fish and chips he has had by using a superlative adjective – ‘best’.

The speaker carries on hastily into using the personal pronoun ‘I’ to show that this is his opinion. Following this, he stumbles upon the adverb ’ever’ which modifies the verb ‘had’. The adverb ‘ever’ suggests that this is the best fish and chips he has ever had before or after tasting them.

As he explains where these fish and chips came from, he adds the fact that he had the fish and chips on a ‘winter nights’. The adjective ‘winter’ adds more detail and describes the night.

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The speaker also emphasises the brightness of the light against the darkness of the winter nights by using the term ‘spilling’. This makes it sound that the light kept on flowing brightly for the whole period of time and therefore he does not use the word spilled which is in its past tense. The speaker then again uses ‘you’d’ to allow you to imagine the scene.

He describes the chips being cooked extremely eloquently. The adjectives used are gerundive, they are made from verbs. He uses onomatopoeia to describe the scene perfectly – ‘lovely hissing’. As he is describing the chips, he uses the word ‘batch’ to show us that they were not just a few chips, but a whole loads of which customers will want, this informs us that others might also think that these chips were the best ever. As the chips enter the ‘fat’, the speaker uses prosody to create tension by raising his voice and tone.

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What is truly ironic is the fact that he is supposed to inform us of the best fish and chips he has ever had but he does not at all enlighten us on how it tastes like. He uses his other senses to describe to us the environment. He does indicate that they were the ‘best’, however this does not tell us how it tasted like.

The speaker uses hyperbole to illustrate his account of the best fish and chips he has ever had. He presents his nostalgic memories which do not show us the horrors of the past which he may have forgotten and therefore only illustrates the bright side. He informs us of these perfect memories which might have been nothing but perfect.  

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