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The text under analysis is taken from the book Doctor in the House written by Richard Gordon.

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Korotych Kristina 08-0801 "Doctor in the House" by R. Gordon The text under analysis is taken from the book "Doctor in the House" written by Richard Gordon. Richard Gordon was born in 1921. He has been an anaesthetist at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, a ship's surgeon and an assistant editor of the British Medical Journal. He left medical practice in 1952 and started writing his "Doctor" series. "Doctor in the House" is one of Gordon's twelve "Doctor" books and is noted for witty description of a medical student's years of professional training. The text belongs to the group of fictional texts. The events in the text refer to the real world and the author seeks to judge the text subjectively. The text under consideration is a witty and humorous description of such a hard and important thing in students' life as their final exams. The author shows us the condition of students before, during and after exams, therefore, the aim of the text is to describe the students' feelings, emotions and preparations for them. ...read more.

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The story is interlaced with the great number of descriptive passages and a few dialogues of the personages. The author makes use of the long and complicated sentences as well as the short and simple ones. An account of events interweaves with a humorous portrayal of different types of students waiting in the room for the exam itself. So, the prevailing mood of the story sometimes is rather humorous, cheerful and optimistic and sometimes is strained, ironical and pessimistic in a way. The author thoroughly describes the personages, their thoughts and environment. The plot is ordered chronologically and the action is slow moving. The text is easily divided into complete parts. In the exposition the author describes what the final examination for medical students is. The complication of the narration is showing the process of exam. The moment of anticipating the results and excitement of the hero is the climax of the story, and the outcome of it is the only word "Pass" and the blind stumbling upstairs of the main character. To achieve desired effect in describing character's appearance and environment the author uses different stylistic devices. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here is also a sustained metaphor in the text: this "judgment day" is decisive for the students' future existence: whether they would pass and "go upstairs", which means go to heaven in this context, or they would fail and "slink miserably out of the exit to seek the opiate oblivion", which means in its turn go to hell. To stress the extreme agitation of the main character the author uses the next exaggeration in his story: "My palms were as wet as sponges... The windows were rattling... My pulse shot in my ears... The world stood still". All in all, this story tempts the reader. Although it is written in humorous way, it makes us sympathize with the characters and remember our exams and feeling of intense excitement. As for me, every time the examinations require from me much effort and nerves for preparation and passing them. So, heaving read this story, I found that Richard Gordon is a master of witty descriptions of serious and important events in people's life. Not many authors are able to achieve this effect in his or her works, but Richard Gordon made this perfectly. ...read more.

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