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Discuss the similarities and differences between the texts and their theme(s). Include comments on the ways the authors use elements such as structure, tone images and other stylistic devices to communicate their purposes.

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Friday, 11th June 2004 Comparative commentary Discuss the similarities and differences between the texts and their theme(s). Include comments on the ways the authors use elements such as structure, tone images and other stylistic devices to communicate their purposes. Text 'A' was published in "August 12 1995" and was probably written the same day or the day before, as it is an article of the "Daily mirror." Yet, its reliability cannot be trustful, as the newspaper is considered to be a tabloid. Hence, it is assumed that it would publish articles or chronicles for a lowbrow audience, just to rise their selling and increase their profits. On the other hand, text 'B' was written in "1966" and published twenty years after; in "1986". However, this text is more reliable as it is the publication of Joe Orton's diary, even though that, unlike test 'A', the author did not edit it. The writing style differentiates drastically between both texts, even though they both narrate stories about funerals. ...read more.

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What is more, the writing style is also shown in text 'a' for instance, by the size of the paragraphs which are not only short and contain less than three sentences, but use a simplistic language, although it is fully sparked with poetic resources. Furthermore, sentences and paragraphs, usually start with conjunctions such as "And", "But", "Along" or "Through" to indicate the inescapable reality of the situation. Similarly, text 'b' is also descriptive and uses short sentences, yet it is written for a higher brow audience and doesn't present much poetic resource. In fact, the only poetic resource used is a metaphor that describes a "flock of old women" and tacitly compares them with hens. The sentimental tone also contributes to identify the overdramatic and poetic resources all over text 'a', which is continuously sparked with alliteration and rule of three to describe how the girl had "dance and laughed and loved" and to emphasized and explain why the family wanted people to be dressed in vivid colours such as "bright yellow and white and red." ...read more.

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This additionally, shows how the family of "Sophie" in text 'a' really cares about her, the strong family bonds between them and how even non-family members, such as a "North Wales police", remembered her with great fondness. While in text 'b' the only person which seems to care is the "father" who "began to cry" and ironically the relatives just "walked back to the waiting cars" which emphasizes the weak family bonds. We can therefore observe, how the situation greatly differs and how this is also reflected in the writing style. Yet, the intentions involved, the overuse of poetic resources in text 'a' and the lack of them in text 'b', the objectivity and the subjectivity contribute and directly affect the writing styles in both texts. Yes, they are different, but they also present similar characteristics as the short sentences and the simple language, even though text 'b' is directed for a higher brow audience. This is because, the difference is mainly focused in the tone and the text as a whole is affected by it, rather than by the language used. Vanessa Arellano arellav@students.markham.edu.pe ...read more.

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