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GCSE: Chinua Achebe: Vultures
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From two / three poems you have studied, write about how the poets bring their experiences of other cultures to life
In What Where They Like? "Light hearts turned to stone" is a metaphor Levertov uses to describe how all the happiness has gone in Vietnam during and since the war. Similarly to how the poets use metaphors, similes are used to describe the situation. In Blessing Dharker uses similes to make the poem flow easier and create a picture in the readers head: "flow has found" is used to explain the rush of water. On the other hand, in Vultures, Achebe begins the poem by using similes to cause a negative effect: the "dawn" is described as; "despondent" and "drizzly".
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Vultures by Achebe is a very vivid and memorable poem. It has evocative images because the author shows how life can be alluring and disgusting at the same time,
The author uses alliteration to make the images more remarkable, for example; 'drizzle of one despondent down' it uses the letter'd' to create a heavy sound. The poet also uses paradox to distract the reader and make him confused and avoids him from experimenting if the poem is talking in a favourable or negative way. 'Harbingers of a sunbreak' is an oxymoron, harbingers are messengers who frequently arrive to the villages with unpleasant news, this word is fused with the word "sunbreak" which is a word which reflects optimism and means the outcome of the sun in the morning.
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Jail cell recollection 2. Flashback to the narrator's old residence where the murders took place B. The Tell-Tale Heart 1. Residence of an elderly gentleman 2. Dark and mysterious C. The Cask of Amontillado 1. The catacomb underneath the palazzo 2. Dark and musty cellar where murder happens V. Characters A. The Black Cat 1. Round- the demented narrator 2. Flat- the cats and wife B. The Tell-Tale Heart 1. Round- the narrator/tenant 2. Flat- the old man and police officers C. The Cask of Amontillado 1. Round- narrator 2. Flat- fortunado IV. Conclusion Edgar Allan Poe was a novelist and poet that defined the way literature could be written and interpreted.
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"picked the eyes of a swollen corpse" is a repelling action that is a bit disgusting. It shows how unpleasant vultures are. "ate the things in its bowel" also shows a sign of brutality and unpleasantness. The poem also has an element of love for the vultures: "nestled close to his mate his smooth" "feathers, inclined affectionately" These quotes show that the vultures do have a bit of love and affection in them. The overall subject to the poem is that even evil and unpleasant things have an element of love and affection.
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to the beautiful people rapidly, comparing and contrasting them; whereas in Vultures there are four stanzas, the first describing a vulture, the second joining the vulture and commandant together, the forth describing the commandant and the final one joining the two together again and ending the poem. Both poems are non traditional in that neither of them begin every line with a capital letter. Scavengers has no punctuation but some lines begin with a capital letter implying a sentence structure.
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Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and Chinualumogu Achebe's Things Fall Apart written within a century. These novels give a unique opportunity to analyze the attitudes of the colonial as well as post colonial writers towards the land of Africa and its people
Even though Achebe is successful to a greater extent in offering a highly credible as well as historically accurate account, both novels, Things Fall Apart and King Solomon's Mines have conveyed the perceptions of their writers towards Africa and Africans, exemplifying their unique belief systems, values in society as well as the prevalent natural beauty of the land. Beliefs set each individual apart as well as form an important component of every civilization. Haggard and Achebe have both written about the common beliefs of the native people.
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If you give me some yam seeds I shall not fail you." (Things Fall Apart 21). Okonkwo's strong successful tone gives readers the idea that he began to work and persist at an early age. His persistence is exemplified by the fact that the first year of cultivation was ruined by early coming of rains. "[Okonkwo] is one of the best men of his time and place; he strives mightily and is destroyed by events beyond his control," says Dr.
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charnel-house (line 26) a vault where dead bodies or bones are piled Belsen Camp (line 30) Bergen-Belsen was one of the most notorious concentration camps of World War II. It was founded in 1943 and used by the Nazis to exterminate 50,000 Jews - including Anne Frank - and other political 'undesirables'. It was liberated in 1945. kindred (line 49) related by blood, close family perpetuity (line 50) going on for ever The poem begins with a graphic and unpleasant description of a pair of vultures who nestle lovingly together after feasting on a corpse.
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The poet also uses the stick as a source of comparison: the whip used to beat the slaves and the stick used to beat the drum, as the slaves rowed themselves further towards life imprisonment. Finally, when the slaves reach the shore and they climb up out of the darkness, in chains, are criminals (which is ironic as it is the slaves as it is the slavers who are evil and unjust), the stick is being raised and the game 'won'.
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Chinua Achebe's main concern in "Things Fall Apart" is to portray the effect white men have on traditional Ibo society. Discuss how effectively this has been achieved throughout the novel.
This post colonialist novel is written through the eyes of the people being colonized. An example of a contrasting post colonialist novel would be Joseph Conrad's "The Heart Of Darkness" which is written through the eyes of the colonizer. This therefore creates a contrasting view point. I felt that the fact that I had read "The Heart Of Darkness" helped me achieve a deeper and much more accurate understanding of both novels, as I could view the situation from both view points. Achebe immediately establishes his perspective from inside Umuofia (which is Ibo for "people of the forest")
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Compare and contrast the poems "Vultures" and "Night of the Scorpion", analysing how they communicate a sense of their cultural background.
He mentions the "charnel house" which is a place where the bones of dead people are placed. This is particularly appropriate because when the vultures have finished with the corpse then all that remains are the bones; picked clean and left to bake in the midday sun. The author also comments on the unusual way that vultures can in one minute be evil with their prey and the next be loving and nestling close to one another. Although since she is supposed to be loving it is ironic that her face is "turned to the wall". Does some of the previous day's thoughtless savagery remain?
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They way the author describes the train gives us the expression that the train is coming in for its last journey as a tragedy is about to happen, line 26 'Creaking, jerking, jostling, gasping, the train filled the station.' This phrase suggests that the train is approaching the station for the last time and the adjectives 'Creaking' and 'gasping' creates us a better picture as they emphasise how the train came into the station. Both stories have surprising endings to the way the stories begin.
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Giving Things Fall Apart a Rhythm: Achebe’s Method and Purpose of Manipulating his Novel’s Pacing
The section is peppered with long and heavily detailed stories, fables, memories, and other winding narratives. In doing this, Achebe acclimates his reader to the slow, consistent pace of Igbo existence, its unchanging traditions, and the resulting tranquility (with the exception of a few minor and inconsequential conflicts) born of these cultural features. Part I establishes the "beat" of traditional life in Umuofia. For instance, chapter five opens with a lengthy description of The Feast of the New Yam. This detailed description is sustained for almost two pages before it is finally linked to the novel's plot, although it is unnecessary to do so.
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