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This passage is extracted from Maiden Voyage by Denton Welch. This passage is telling an adventurous boy who travels around the world. He comes to a Chinese city and longs to explore it. Yet, he is tied down by the danger posed outside.

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Maiden Voyage By Denton Welch This passage is extracted from "Maiden Voyage" by Denton Welch. This passage is telling an adventurous boy who travels around the world. He comes to a Chinese city and longs to explore it. Yet, he is tied down by the danger posed outside. The boy states that "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 which I was longing to explore." This suggests that the boy is having a flash back of his hometown, Sydenham but he is really at a Chinese city where he has never seen before. Hence, this passage takes place at a Chinese city, perhaps China. The author presents this passage in the first person point of view. It is proven from the usage of "I" throughout the whole passage. This passage clearly shows the theme of rebellious, freedom and adventurous. The protagonist is a very adventurous person that he travels around alone until he comes to a rural area. ...read more.


Again, harsh spears of grass "stuck up" through the sand shows that personification and visual imagery are used to create a vivid image of the area. It is proven that the protagonist is in a rural area as he is surrounded by sands, dusts and bushes. These are commonly seen in outskirt areas. The soles of my shoes began to "burn" suggests the usage of hyperbola. The day is dry and hot till he feels the burning sensation in his shoes. As the protagonist walks on, he spots some movements. As the saying goes, "curiousity kills the cat", the protagonist is lured into a trap. Following on, visual and auditory imageries are widely used to describe the movements and object on the floor. The poet uses "the nose and eyes had been eaten away", "black hair was caked and grey with dust", "gaping mouth" , "shrivelled lips" and "long coarse hairs" to create a vivid scene of the thing lying on the floor - a human head. Although the protagonist is shocked, his curiousity takes up most of his emotion which leads to the irony part, "because it was so terrible, my eyes had to return to it whether I looked away." ...read more.


It is not only used to present a vivid image but also to involve the readers emotionally and physically into the passage. With the other poetic devices such as metaphor, simile, personification and onomatopoeia used, they set the tone and atmosphere. The protagonist reflects clearly on the teenagers on the real world. It starts off with an adventurous boy, longing to explore the world and enriching his world. It shows the inexperienced and unripe young boy. Then it continues with the journey alone at the isolated area. He is enjoying himself with the dreamlike stillness, or he thinks he is. However, he cannot withstand the dryness and heat. It proves the characteristic of a young boy, little patience and endurance. Then, he is distracted by the black speck some way in front of him. Passion and curiousity portray in a young boy. It shows the ignorance and lack of consideration part of a young boy as the protagonist moves on to distinguish the black speck that somehow turns out to be a human head. Fear strikes him but he doesn't run away at the first look. Reality comes back and he realizes. The author uses the protagonist as a symbol for all teenagers in the real world. ...read more.

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