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Maiden Voyage Commentary. The extract from Maiden Voyage by Denton Walsh is about his time as a young boy that was spent in China.

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The extract from Maiden Voyage by Denton Walsh is about his time as a young boy that was spent in China. This short extract contains many ideas that Denton intends to bring to the reader through his own experiences. This extract gives an insight into Denton's mind when he was a young child. The setting of the poem is set in China, which is far away from Denton's hometown in Sydenham. "I might have been in Sydenham for all I could see-a European villa and a line of poplars, yet outside lay a Chinese city that I was longing to explore." The quote gives a clear sign of what is to come, Denton an adventurous European boy in a Chinese city that he is desperate to explore. The phrase "a line of poplars," describe the European regimentation and orderliness that the boy wants to get away from. ...read more.

Middle

This warning that is issued to him from Mr. Butler indicates that he is not welcome in the new country that he is going to be spending significant time in. This hits the narrator right where it hurts most, this means that his days are going to be painfully boring. The attitude that the narrator demonstrates towards the news shows that he is still a young male teenager. One of the themes that are shown in the excerpt is the clash of the two different places. This reflects in the walled and organized European villa that is juxtaposed with the 'turrets and bastions' that the boy is surrounded by along with the skull of the person and potentially the person's murederers. The uniformity of the trees in then contrasted with the "harsh spears of grass" that exist in the barren desert along with other items that signify death and destruction. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows the author's idea on curiosity, which is that too much of it can lead to the person finding trouble, as evidenced in this extract. Denton Welsh presents many different ideas during the passage that demonstrates how certain characteristics that many male teenagers exhibit can negatively affect a safety of the person. The headstrong attitude that is exhibited by the narrator is common amongst many young male teenagers. This headstrong characteristic along with the curiosity that the narrator had, lead him into a lot of trouble as shown in the paragraph above. These could possibly be the different view of the behavior that he exhibited as a child know that he is an adult. This extract is from an autobiography that describes a short part of his life that he had spent in China as a young male teenager. It expresses his feelings towards many of the characteristics that he had shown as a teenager, which is similar to many male teenagers in today's world. ...read more.

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