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IB Commentary: Killed at Resaca

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IB Commentary: Killed at Resaca The intention of this text is to inform and reveal to the reader the trials and tribulations of the two main characters. The writing is in a journalistic fashion wherein the inner thoughts and feelings of two characters are openly expressed. This gives the reader a wider context for interpretation. Both characters seem to be separated lovers. One is surrounded by violence in her home country of Haiti, and the other is escaping the country by boat. A young woman that has the bold part is scared to leave her home due to violence occurring outside. On the other hand, her boyfriend's thoughts are expressed in the normal font, and he shares with the reader how he is wanted by the police and how he is fleeing until the violence dissipates. Both him and his lover long to meet again. From the very first paragraph a fearful and serious tone is established by the young woman trapped in Haiti, and she describes the pain that she endures without her boyfriend. ...read more.


But by receiving some form of communication from her boyfriend she can feel at ease knowing that he is at least alive. She hopes that in the future, they would reunite and continue their lives as though 'they lost no time'. Her very last sentence ends on a hopeful note even though the start of the paragraph was sad and depressing. The next four paragraphs are of the boyfriend and him fleeing the country. It is as though he is writing the letter at the end of the day, which is why he uses the past tense. The man writes his letter in a more conventional style to that of the girlfriend wherein he shares his experience of the first day at sea. However, he is still fearful of other things such as sea sickness. Even though he gets used to the motion of the boat, other things are worrying him. He and the other members of the boat are now refugees, and are scared of being captured and sent back to Haiti. ...read more.


Till then he will remain in exile. The passage ends with two more paragraphs from the girlfriend. It seems that she had a near death experience but was saved by her father, and she obviously is grateful. This is probably because she finally came outside for reasons that remain unknown. She sits under the banyan tree while listening to the transistor about more killings at sea. She is still fearful for her boyfriend's life but remains hopeful that he is still alive. She still remains faithful to him even though her parents were trying to safeguard her from the boy's political issues. The text leaves the reader hanging as the plight of the boyfriend and the others with him, is unknown. There still is hope that continues to run throughout the passage where the trials and tribulations of these two characters are shown with the simple themes of loss and freedom. It is achieved through the use of simplistic language and organisation. The lack of identification of both characters gives the text a more universal effect that is more open to the interpretations of the reader. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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