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This passage from Dorothy Sayers The Nine Tailors revolves around a solitary character

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The Nine Tailors Commentary By Melanie Ngai This passage from Dorothy Sayers? The Nine Tailors revolves around a solitary character, Wimsey and his seemingly hellish struggle to escape the bell tower. We are unsure what motivates him to endure this suffering; whether it is fear that he is running away from, or a goal his is moving towards. However, the author conveys the pain Wimsey must tolerate, we speculate that whatever the reason, it must merit this apparent torture. In this passage, features such as figurative language, sensory imagery, sound effects, structure and characterization have been analyzed, portraying the effective ways in which Sayers has illustrated Wimsey's feelings. Throughout the prose passage, Sayers makes effective use of figurative language to convey to the reader the experiences of Wimsey trying to escape the noisy bell tower. For example, in the first paragraph, in line 3, personification is used, ?Sweating ringers? is used to personify the ringing bells, which emphasizes the ringers were working hard and like a human when doing sports, and that it also sweats. ...read more.


Throughout the passage, Sayers uses a variety of literary devices with the primary objective of illustrating Wimsey?s agony in a way that will paint a picture in our minds and cause us to emphasize with the character. The author applies various types of sound imagery, which seems fitting, as the main topic of the passage is the pain that the sound of the bells causes. Visual imagery is used in line 7, ?stunned and shaken, Wimsey set his foot on the last ladder.? This emphasizes that Wimsey was stunned and couldn?t believe what he saw while putting his foot on the last ladder trying to escape the bell tower, it may have been a memory from the past but we don?t know. Throughout the passage, sound effects are used. In the first paragraph, there is an abundance of alliteration, which the writer uses to emphasize different points. ...read more.


This can be related back to the sounds of the bell tower, as the bell inside the bell tower moves backwards and forwards. This is also meandering where it is going aimlessly and randomly. This passage is written in the third person?s point of view, as we can see the word ?he? is being used, and it is used to emphasize the thoughts and feelings of a character, where in this case, it is emphasizing the thoughts of Wimsey. This is also written in past tense, where it signifies that the events had already taken place and it doesn?t have much effect on the reader. The tone shifts slightly throughout the passage as the bells go from being merely insane to ragingly angry 'the brazen fury of the bells.' From this, we are given the idea that the bells are working against Wimsey and that they are against him and thus attempting to hurt him, as Sayers compares them to beating hammers, and sword in the brain. ...read more.

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