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Popeye Commentary. This extract is a short passage from the book Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, this passage centres around Mr Pop Eye and the world around him in which he lives in. He is contrasted with his wife

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This extract is a short passage from the book Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, this passage centres around Mr Pop Eye and the world around him in which he lives in. He is contrasted with his wife who seems to be the exact opposite of what he is, this is told through the eyes of an adult that has known the about Pop Eye ever since he was a teenager. Popeye is shown as a character that is different from the narrator and other people that live on the island. This is shown through the use of language by the narrator which gives the reader the feeling that the him and Popeye would both see each other very often yet would never greet each other. This would imply some sort of social barrier that exists between them which prevents the both of them from having a simple conversation with each other. "I thought he probably knew about his nickname but didn't care." This example shows the name calling that the author lays upon Pop Eye, this is a form of bullying that is shown further when ...read more.


Pop Eye wears the "same white linen suit every day", and is extremely skinny as he posses "bony knees". While Mrs Pop Eye is portrayed as one whose bum was so big that when a person sees it, they would be "worried about the toilet seat.". Although both of them are shown as unhealthy, they are both on opposite ends of the scale, Mr. Pop Eye is famished while Mrs. Pop Eye obviously has had more food that she can handle and is carrying around her spares. However both of them do not fit in with the rest of the inhabitants in the island. Not only has has she "straightened her hair" while everyone else else had "crinkled hair". She also stood out as she owned the "only parasol in the whole of the island", this would imply that she would have access to items that the rest of the inhabitants did not. Which would normally imply a different social class. Both are do not show much emotion, Mrs Pop Eye is said to be an "ice queen" while Mr. ...read more.


The author also makes good use of the changes in the tone of the narrator to enhance his message. The narrator's tone when describing the Pop Eye's constantly changes. In the second and third paragraph, it can be seen that the tone of the narrator is symphatic and the narrators feels bad for the Pop Eyes. However in paragraph five, six and seven, the author tone is clearly one that is almost mocking the people Pop Eyes. This switch in tone allows the narrator to sway the feelings of the reader in one way or the other in order to achieve the desired effects. The sudden switching of tone in this passage would mean that the reader will feel like the narrator is still on the side of Pop Eye as the tone changes too fast and therefore it becomes like a matter of fact tone and allows the narrator to more easily pass his views on to the reader. This short and informative extract provides a good insight into the main characters in the story. The author makes good use of imagery which allows him to be able to paint detailed pictures inside the head of the reader. ...read more.

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