• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Commentary on Henry Handel Richardson(TM)s The Getting of Wisdom

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Commentary on Henry Handel Richardson's The Getting of Wisdom In this extract taken from Henry Handel Richardson's The Getting of Wisdom, the author uses Laura's perspective to present a scene in which a group of schoolgirls are seated and lectured in front of the rest of the school, of which one girl in particular, Annie Johns, is publicly called upon by their principal and accused of theft. The text is composed of six paragraphs, of which only one is dialogue, followed by a lengthy seventh paragraph. Told in the third-person, the entire excerpt is rich in descriptive language, enhanced by the use of alliteration and cleverly selective vocabulary, so as to achieve an attention-grabbing and detailed description of the characters' thoughts and feelings. I find that Richardson is able to create a serious and tense atmosphere, evoking a suspenseful mood as should be the case for such an incident. In the opening paragraph of this extract, Richardson introduces the characters and sets the scene. The poor quality of the desks, 'blackened, ink-scored, dusty, with eternally dry ink-wells', indicates that the girls are possibly studying in a lower-class school where a higher standard of education environment is not available. ...read more.

Middle

Her calmness is vital for the reader to continue to understand and perceive the event as we are given her view, and the reader can appreciate Laura's observance and self-control. The reader can also appreciate Richardson's clever manipulation of this character's perspective. As for Mr Strachey, him being labelled as 'The Principal' gives the impression that he has no need for a name in this current situation. The title is impersonal and implies that he is strictly being professional now. This formal occasion is also accentuated by the tidy arrangement of the desks, as unsanitary as they are, and the use of words and phrases such as 'culprit', 'a few introductory remarks' and 'the present case', relating the school-situated theft to an actual court case. Richardson then allows the reader to know Mr Strachey is somewhat of an authoritarian. This is suggested by Mr Strachey's decision to raise his hand for silence that the writer vividly describes as 'already absolute' and his way of ordering Annie Johns to stand up. '"Will Miss Johns stand up!"' is a question in strict linguistic terms, but the exclamation mark indicates that it is a command and not an inquiry. ...read more.

Conclusion

Laura 'could imagine, too, with a shiver', to what extent the details of this crime could be revealed. When Richardson describes the lolly-shop as having 'octopus arms', and tells us that Laura is considering 'if every one else agreed with [Mr Strachey]', it indicates that Laura is imaginative, bright and deductive in her reasoning as she puts her observation skills in good use, and all of this suggests that her aptitude is possibly brought about by some difference between her attitude to education and the other girls' approach. This extract was interesting to analyse and to see how a writer can use a character so captivatingly to direct us to what is significant in the actual plot. This includes the characterisations of Bertha, Annie Johns and Mr Strachey, as well as Laura, and the way in which Richardson applies alliteration to this text to create visual impressions. I guess I could say that I was fascinated by Richardson's style as he made the scene and the characters all live vividly before me. I hung on his diction, appreciated his style and the clever way in which he worked up his climaxes. As grammatically incorrect as it is in saying this, I feel I have certainly been 'getting' some wisdom. IB English Michael Rivera U6 14th Oct. 2008 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    The contrast in the general society's expectations of women's lives is illustrated in two different settings of every day life. Anamika's life before her marriage shows her as a model daughter and illustrates traditional cultural values in Indian society.

  2. A commentary on "THE GREAT GATSBY" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    An unfathomable scene such as the "valley of ashes" is made possible to fathom only by referring to an object or another scene, which majority of the people will be familiar with.

  1. Boys and Girls Commentary

    His name "Laird" refers to lord, which implies that his role is to become the master. The boy learns how to hunt and over time he is turned into a man, in what the societies must have. At the end, the girl allows the horse to be let free, knowing

  2. Commentary on Annie Proulx(TM)s The Shipping News

    This idea is further emphasize with the mention of the bay that 'rolled and rolled', giving the reader's imagination a greater sense of pace in Quoyle's movements. From lines 5 to 15, Proulx speedily tells the reader more about the characters and the house.

  1. King Henry IV: Part 1, (5.1.30-71) Commentary on Worcester(TM)s Speech

    Thus ends, the recounting of past events that influence the present when relations between both parties were friends and no breach of the Doncaster oath had yet occurred. Following the first half of the transition towards the deposition and present takes place in the fourth, and longest section of the

  2. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel Chapter Analysis

    Her born with a love that was never satisfied and her years of repression had set her free all at once overwhelmed with emotions. Esquivel's creation of this was to exaggerate the potential harm of the repression of emotion, inevitably leading to something negative.

  1. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    S. Breeden and B. Wright, Kakadu, Looking After the Country - the Gagadju Way The Rainbow Serpent John Mawurndjul, Njalyod - the rainbow serpent, 1985, natural pigments on bark. (c) John Mawurndjul. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia, 2007. The serpent as a Creation Being is perhaps the oldest continuing religious belief in the world, dating back several thousands of years.

  2. e - Marketing. Svaka tvrtka nastoji razvijati nove proizvode, to zbog zadovoljavanja elja i ...

    Izvori ideja za nove proizvode mogu biti unutra�nji i vanjski. Unutra�nji su upravitelji za marketing, istra�ivaci, prodajno osoblje, in�enjeri, drugo osoblje, dok su vanjski potro�aci, konkurencija, propagandne agencije i privatne istra�ivacke organizacije. Razvoj novih proizvoda odvija se kroz nekoliko faza: 1.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work