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Comparison of news articles from The Sun and The Times newspapers

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Comparison of news articles from The Sun and The Times newspapers

Introduction

  For this comparative study I will write about two news articles, which are from The Sun and The Times websites. They are both about photos that were taken of soldiers ill-treating Iraqis. I will study and compare the phonology, graphology, lexis and grammar from these two pieces. The article from The Sun includes history of the soldiers whereas The Times is just information about what happened and how the photo’s were discovered.

Hypothesis

  I predict, that as The Sun is a more an informal newspaper, it will be less serious than The Times and is probably more emotive as that is what I expect the target audience to be, the target audience is the type of people that the newspaper aims to reach. On the other hand, I hypothesise that The Times will be more about the event itself and less about the history or reactions of the people involved.

Lexis

  The article from The Sun website is informal.

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Middle

  The vocabulary in The Times conveys the Iraqis as totally innocent and the victims in this, they are referred to as: “Bound, blindfolded, tied in a net and helpless”. Whereas the soldiers are portrayed as evil for subjecting detainees to “sadistic maltreatment”.

  The Sun article portrays an image of the solders being like scavengers on prey by using names like “Desert rats” to describe the soldiers and using the metaphor “like a hunter with his prey”. The Times doesn’t seem to convey much imagery apart from that the Iraqis are blindfolded and helpless and generally mistreated.

  The tone of both pieces seems very critical and slightly sympathetic towards the Iraqis. It changes throughout both articles from critical to shocked but all the tones seem to be negative. For example, at the start of The Sun article it appears shocked “Shocking photos of British troops allegedly abusing Iraqi looters” to “…Military offences of disgraceful conduct of a cruel or indecent kind” which seems disapproving instead of shocked.

Grammar

  Both articles are written in past tenses as this event occurred in the year 2003.

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Conclusion

Graphology

  The font for both pieces is standard and constant through the articles. The only thing that changes is that, In The Sun, during speech, the font changes to italics as to indicate easier to readers when speech is occurring. However, The Times doesn’t do this and the font remains constant and unchanging throughout the piece, I believe this is because it is a short piece and it doesn’t have speech like The Sun does apart from small quotations.. The length of paragraphs on both pieces are shorter, this would probably be because it is easier for the reader to read and not to be put off by large amounts of writing. Nevertheless, The Sun has shorter paragraphs in general and I believe this is because it is a less formless newspaper and probably stereotypes to have a less intelligent audience.

Conclusion

  After analysing my work, I can agree with my hypothesis in saying that The Sun will probably be simpler and be a less complex piece whereas The Times will be more complex and The Sun will have a lower reading age than that of The Times.

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