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

Guided literary analysis on the piece "The Art of Travel"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Name: Priyan Class: 5.06 Guided literary analysis: The Art of Travel This passage is about the idea of travelling. Throughout the passage, Alain expresses his views on travelling, mostly the monotony and disappointment of travelling, though claiming that he finds poetry and art in travelling, thus the title, ?The Art of Travel?. Art refers to creativity and imagination and despite describing the setting negatively, he still manages to see this beauty in it. Alain also makes use of great detailed description throughout passage. The writer expresses various views towards travelling, which can be seen to be gradually changing from the beginning of the passage to the end. In the very first sentence, the setting is described as a ?flat, featureless expanse of country?. This shows that writer felt that the place had no taste and colour at all, therefore implying a sense of monotony towards travelling. He could be referring to the boring hours of having been ?on the road?. ...read more.

Middle

Feeling dizzy is something that no one looks forward to and hence the writer could be trying to imply that travelling is not all that fun after all. In the fourth paragraph, the writer describes the inside of the service station, down to every detail. The sudden use of a short sentence, ?No one was talking?, emphasises on the silence and monotony of the setting. This suggests that the writer finds the idea of travelling very sad and monotonous. This can be seen once again when the writer claims there was ?an air of reflection, of sadness, too?. However, despite describing the service station as ?architecturally miserable? and tables as ?dotted with islands of dried ketchup? from previous travellers, the writer still manages to see something different that ?long-departed travellers? have not. He finds that ?something about the scene moved [him]?. He managed to find ?poetry?, art in this ?forsaken service station?, making him think about all other travelling places of equal importance or emphasis such as ?airport terminals, harbours, train stations and motels?. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, there are descriptions of observations made from all other senses as well, ?sound of piped upbeat music? and ?smelt of frying oil and lemon-scented floor polish?. All these descriptions might seem unimportant to few but actually, the writer is able to portray the setting very clearly through the use of such detailed description. By appealing to not only sight, but to all other senses as well, the writer is able to paint a picture in the mind of readers, such that readers can imagine whatever the persona is undergoing, as though the readers are there themselves, going through everything the persona is going through. Hence, readers are able to better understand the idea of travelling that Alain is trying to convey. In conclusion, Alain has a both a negative and positive idea on travelling places. Despite travelling places being very monotonous and boring, there still is an overlaying sense of beauty and meaning behind them. The writer has successfully expressed this through the theme of appearance versus reality and the use of such detailed description throughout the passage. ...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 World Literature 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 World Literature essays

  1. Hills Like White Elephants Literary Analysis

    Far away, beyond the river, were mountains. The shadow of a cloud moved across the field of grain and she saw the river through the trees..." From the perspective of Jig, one of the hills may represent her and the American's lifestyle. In the name of the city,?

  2. English poetry analysis - Search for My Tongue and Unrelated Incidents

    Secondly organization; the whole poem is a huge metaphor with almost the whole first stanza used as a rhetorical question "I ask you, what would you do if you had two tongues in your mouth, and lost the first one, the mother tongue, and could not really know the other, the foreign tongue."

  1. Commentary Polish A1 "Siedem ywotw i prawdziwa mier"

    W drugim zdaniu dowiadujemy sie ze rozmowa ta zachodzi w roku 1952. Czas wydarzenia rozgrywa sie zimowa noca: "zamknal drzwi aby mr�z nie wlazl do chalupy", "poskrzypywal pod czyimis stopami snieg", "patrzyl rozgwiezdzone niebo" natomiast miejsce akcji gdzies na wsi: " koryto przeznaczone do skrobania swinskiej siersci", "wstawie ja do drewutni".

  2. Analysis of The Train from Rhodesia by Nadine Gordimer

    The young woman?s respectability and morals indicate that she understands the hardship of the black natives in this society.

  1. Lord of the Flies Summary and Analysis of Chapters 7,8,9 and 10

    of law and a civilized moral code, seems strange with the madness of the savage kill. This reminds us of how far the boys have gone since the time when they were forced to follow the rules of adults. * Jack has become very skilled in using the boys' fear of the beast to increase his power.

  2. Literary Analysis: Julius Caesar v. The Lord of the Flies

    This, when reflected upon, is a true moment of irony. When we examine Ralph, he is not intelligent like Piggy or pulling the strings like Jack. Rather, he simply becomes the "chief' since he found the conch, and, ironically, he is the only one to realize the consequence of their actions.

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