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In the prose extract, Feet September 1948, Seamus Deane utilizes various techniques and literary features in his diction to depict the feelings and thoughts of the narrator (main character).

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Prose Commentary - Feet September 1948 by Seamus Deane In the prose extract, Feet September 1948, Seamus Deane utilizes various techniques and literary features in his diction to depict the feelings and thoughts of the narrator (main character). A few of these techniques and literary features include mood, tone, characterization, irony, repetition and similes. Through the identification and analysis of the author's style, the reader is able to understand the thoughts and feelings that Deane intends to portray. The extract is written (narrative technique) in the first person, giving the reader greater insight into the true emotions/feelings that the narrator is attempting to convey. The repeated use of the pronoun "I" is an indication of the point of view of the piece, while this repetition also gives the reader the feeling that the extract is an autobiography due to the personal feelings revealed by the narrator. As a result of this personal touch, the reader views the passage through the narrator's eyes, giving greater insight of the feelings of the narrator, but also limiting the images created in the reader's minds to the persona's view. The narrative technique also includes the complexity of diction. The diction of the passage is not difficult or formal, as it is written in rather simple language, giving the piece more of an impact on the reader as the true feelings of the narrator are broken down in a way that the reader can easily understand. ...read more.


Although the narrator is obviously troubled, he constantly gets sidetracked by relatively unimportant occurrences, observations and thoughts. This shows the naivety and lack of understanding on the severity of death in spite of his love and concern for his sister. An example of how the narrator gets sidetracked is when he begins to describe various diseases and what they remind him of, as seen when he says "This was a new illness. I loved the names of the others - diphtheria, scarlet fever or scarlatina, rubella, polio, influenza; they made me think of Italian football players or racing drivers or opera singers" (lines 18-20). When the narrator equates these serious diseases to such relatively trivial things, it exemplifies his lack of understanding of death. Thus, the reader can infer that the narrator is still very young and does not understand the meaning and severity of death. The tone of the passage is difficult to identify and comprehend as in such a serious situation the tone never slips into complete despair but maintains a little humor mixed with sadness/concern. Deane's lack of understanding of the seriousness of his sister's sickness and impending death plays into this tone as the sadness obviously stems from his concern, and his humor is an offspring of his naivety and innocence. ...read more.


Uncle Dan and Uncle Tom had identical shoes, heavy and rimed with mud and cement... Dan's were dirtier... but they weren't good shoes" (lines 30-34), which substantiates the point about how the narrator judges people on the shoes that they wear. This is significant as it prompts the narrator to indulge in various stories rather than thinking about his sister. It provides the basis of his characterization, as it shows his innocence and naivety. Thus, the irony produced as a result of the narrator's characterization induces thought in the reader's mind, while the repeated images provide emphasis of the title and prompts the narrator to deviate his thoughts from his sister. In conclusion, the passage gives the dominant effect of showing the naivety and innocence of the narrator concerning the lack of understanding of death. This is achieved through the first person point of view, structure, and writing style which creates the basis of a personalized view of the narrator. Although the narrator knows what is happening, he does not understand how to react to it as he does not realize the seriousness of his sister's imminent death. Due to this the narrator hides under the table and thinks about comical situations as a way of escaping the situation. This is also what creates the irony in the passage as the narrator's concern for his sister is overshadowed by innocence. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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