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'Feet' by Seamus Deane The following extract is taken from the book- 'Reading in the Dark' by Seamus Deane written in 1996. The extract focuses on one of the chapters in the book titled as 'Feet'. The extract is based on a young boy hiding under the table viewing the death of his sister and how she is taken to the hospital. Through the style, setting and characterization, the reader is able to understand the thoughts and feelings portrayed by Deane. The extract is written in an autobiographical style, from the point of view of a young boy who narrates the story. The repetition of 'I' gives the extract a personal touch. ...read more.


The dog is symbolic of what the boy feels. The 'whimpering' and 'quivering' of the dog reflects the boy's inner feelings. "I became deaf to their words and alert to their noise" presents the idea that the boy has become like the dog, behaving in the same way. Deane mentions 'feet' in the first line of the extract which reinforces the importance of the title. Also, the repetition of 'feet' suggests the importance and significance of the title since the young boy sees everyone from under the table judging them only on what shoes they're wearing. Deane uses visual and aural imagery to captivate the reader's attention in line 1 and 2- "I could only see their feet. ...read more.


The predicament of the extract is presented through specific and short sentences. "Una. My younger sister, Una." This sentence clearly brings the focus on Una, to highlight the importance of her character. The writer tells the readers that she is going to die and goes into great details describing her illness and pain. "That morning, Una had been so hot, pale and sweaty...she had made me think of sunken fires... her eyes shone with pain and pleasure, inflated from the inside." The coupling of 'pain and pleasure' reinforces the idea that joy and sorrow go hand in hand. With his style, use of imagery, setting and characterization, Deane creates an intriguing story which reflects harsh ideas of death and reality through the innocent, happy world of a young, na�ve boy. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prachi Maheshwari, 13-E ...read more.

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