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Analyse, 'The Diary Of A Nobody' by George and Weedon Grossmith and 'The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged Thirteen and Three Quarters' written by Sue Townsend.

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AS English (combined course) Assignment A: Analysing texts. The two texts that I will analyse, 'The Diary Of A Nobody' by George and Weedon Grossmith and 'The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged Thirteen and Three Quarters' written by Sue Townsend, are both diaries which are written in different centuries. Both texts are written in first person narrative style to reflect the author's personal views, values, opinions and attitudes. Both diaries are written for fictitious purposes, but also to reflect the stereotypical person of a certain class in the specific time setting. For example, Charles Pooter represents the conventional middle aged, working class Victorian gentleman of the 1880s. This can tell us a lot about the attitudes and morals of many people living in the dissimilar time periods. Although the two diaries are separated by one hundred years, which can reflect the changes in language, themes, attitudes and values, they both share similar interpersonal style communication, conveying the attitudes of the character and the values of the author's. This recreates the character's voice through characteristics of speech and conversational style text. It appears that both texts use reoccurring themes of family life, presenting the complications of marital relationships and rebellion by the young. 'The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole' is presented from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old boy, relating to typical teenage worries and angst. ...read more.

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In contrast, Pooter seems to be most content when he is at home "I like to be at home. What's the good of a home, if you are never in it?" and appears to take pride in his family and their house "We have a nice little back garden which runs down to the railway." The same values are shared by Pooter and his wife "Home Sweet Home" as they want their home to be ideal. Superiority is also another theme associated with both texts, in which morals and attitudes of both characters can be depicted. In Pooter's society, the male undoubtedly gained authority and power over women, who were always considered to be inferior to their husbands and other male associates. In contrast, the character of Adrian's mother demonstrates the changing roles of women in society by controlling the marital relationship when walking out and leaving her husband for another man. Social classes are another theme found within both diaries. Adrian Mole's family is a prime example of the stereotypical working class family; his experiences are relevant to his social settings of attending a public school, working class background, unemployed father and divorced parents. Charles Pooter however, living in the industrial age, is proud of his position in the middle-class category where he works as a clerk in the city, living in the prosperous outer suburban areas of North London reflecting his high position in social classes "I have just been a week in our new house.......... ...read more.

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This can be linked to Adrian Mole's social class and use of typical teenage speech, just as Pooter writes in an elaborate register in attempt to make an impression and state his importance, whereas Adrian's diary is a reflection of his true character. It is obvious that the change in moral standards and values has influenced significant changes over time in language use and through this we can determine a character's grammatical limits. The two author's views and attitudes towards the diarists can be expressed through the use of language within the texts. It appears that Sue Townsend, the author of Adrian Mole's diary takes a sympathetic approach towards the young teenager, as she seems to stereotype the character and portrays Adrian as a rather helpless person "I will not start smoking. I will stop squeezing my spots. I will be kind to the dog." Charles Pooter draws attention to himself rather than his family life, unlike Adrian Mole who focuses on the events taking place within his home and around him "The dog got its own back on my father. It jumped up and knocked down his model ship, then ran into the garden with the rigging tangled in its feet." The author of 'The Diary Of A Nobody' also makes a joke about the fact that Charles Pooter has two friends of the surnames 'Cummings' and 'Gowing' which may suggest the author is trying to ridicule Pooter's character slightly. 1 ...read more.

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