Daily Archives: September 5, 2016

AO2: First day in school in Barbados: Q2: Explain how the writer presents his experience of going to school for the first time. You should support your answer with close reference to the passage, including brief quotations. By Afnan Kadir

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Ans: The title of the second passage is “First day at school in Barbados” and is written by Austin Clarke. Its tone is informal and tells us about a boy whose mother was a washer woman and had managed to put her son into school which was thought as a great thing achieved in their village.

The theme of the passage is first impressions which means what impressions you have when you meet someone the first time in your life. These impressions always vary and depend on the type of people meeting each other.

The author has used various techniques to achieve his purpose one of them being statistics such as “September 1944” which makes the text authoritative.

Punctuation has also been used such as “And Delcina, the tallest, blackest and …” which makes the text more interesting.

Colloquial language has also been used such as “Go’ long, boy,…” which makes the text attractive. All type of sentences are also used such as: “And nobody so far has told me” which makes the text more attractive and interesting. Simile has also been used such as: “white as snow” which makes the reader want to read more.

I think the writer has fully obtained his purpose by using the various techniques which make a great impact on the reader.

AO2: First Time I met George: Q1: How does the writer describe the thoughts and feelings of the narrator? You should support your answer with close reference to the passage, including brief quotations. By Afnan Kadir

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Ans: This short story is part of a novel “Meeting in Milk Market” by John Wickham. The title tells us that the story is about some people or children meeting together.  It is a narrative. The tone of the text is informal and the intended audience are children who are interested in reading short stories. The story is about two friends and how they met the first time. At first George, one of the friends was directly put into second standard which angered his future friend, the narrator. However, the next day, he was put into the same standard and was seated with his future friend and after that they became friends.

The theme is first impressions which means what impressions you have when you meet someone for the first time in your life. An example is “….made me angry…” . The impressions always vary and depend on the people meeting each other.

The writer also uses various techniques to describe the thoughts and feelings of the narrator. First of all, the title of the passage is very descriptive “The First Time I Met George” and tells us a great deal of what is written in the passage. Then, the writer uses statistics such as “Thirty-Five years ago” which makes the text more authentive, authoritative and makes the reader understand more.

Then the writer has also made use of lots of punctuation such as commas which makes the text very interesting. For example “….,I must,….”.

The writer also use hyperbole such as: “monstrous piece of favouritism” which makes the text very interesting and attractive.

Various types of sentences are also used which again makes the text very interesting and makes a huge impact on the reader. An example is: “This seemed a monstrous piece of favouritism.”

Lastly, parenthesis is used such as “…I must…” which makes the reader want to read more.

Concluding, I would say that the writer has achieved his purpose by using several techniques.

 

AO2: “The first time I met George” by Shehryar Khan

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The passage— title “The first time I met George”— is a story which is written by John Wickham. This tale describes the first time he met a boy in elementary school, who became his friend. The audience for this story include book-readers and story readers.

The tone if the passage can be described to change throughout the passage. In the beginning, the writer seemed calm but got angry in the middle. The writer portrays his friendship with George in the words, “Hr was easy with me and I was easy with him”. These words describe his friendship to the reader

The purpose of the text is to entertain the audience. To do so. The writer uses complex vocabulary, “ordeal” and “monstrous”, and several instances of figures if speech such as alliteration, “shared sugar”, exaggeration, “…monstrous piece of favoritism” and idiom, “behind my back” to describe to the reader of his day and create a vivid image of the situation in the readers mind.

The theme of the passage is first impressions. Over the passage, there are many instances, such as “(in all my school days I never had a whole pencil” or “… there was envy in me of his fortune in having a father’s hand to clutch” which shows the character’s life. These examples tell the reader that the writer was humble and had no father. This involves a. Sense if pity in the readers mind.

I believe that the passage is well built, with equal sized paragraphs, varying and complex punctuation and strong story structure which makes this a great read for the readers.

Topic: First Impressions Activity: Literary Analysis Q 1) by Muazzam Tahir

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This passage is short story from “Meeting in Milkmarket” written by John Wickham. The title of this story is “The first time I met George”. The title itself is very descriptive in its way as it highlights the theme of the story in one statement, which is “First Impressions”. The passage is about how the author meets and befriends George, and his first impression of him.

The purpose of this passage is Conative or to entertain/delight as it is a story. For example, “I think now that there was also in me a little envy of his fortune in having a fathers hand to clutch”. It is Conative because the reader is being affected, delighted and entertained by this short story. The purpose intends to deliver it to the right audience.

The audience of this passage is primarily Children. It may also be Special Interest Groups as those interested in John Wickham’s’ Novels, would also want to read it. The audience Is determined keeping in mind the theme of the passage, in which Children may only be interested in.

The tone of this passage is very frank and informal. For example, “I am not perhaps claiming too much.” This shows how frankly the writer was expressing the statements and feelings, that is the attitude of the writer, and how informal a tone the writer has adapted. Due to the fact that the tone is chatty, the reader will feel familiar and shall find the passage accessible.

The writer has also developed a narrative style as he is narrating a story, which is about his first impression of George and how they became friends. For example, “I remember very clearly the morning that George came to school for the first time.” This narrates the moment he first saw him. This narrative style helps develop an impression of sequence of events that is in a non-chronological manner, in the readers’ minds.

The vocabulary in the passage varies from simple, colloquial to strong. For example, “clutch”, “angry” and “monstrous”. This shows how simple and strong words were used which helped the readers understand the words and emotions/feelings easily.

There also is a variety of sentence structures that vary from simple to compound-complex. For example, “the headmaster greeted George’s father warmly, and it was clear that they were friends and that George would be one of those boys who would get special treatment, being the son of the heads friend.” This helps to maintain a smooth flow for the reader.

Proper Paragraphing is also done to separate different ideas and perspectives. This will allow a smooth flow for the reader.

I believe that with proper structuring, linguistic features, style, tone, attitude and many other techniques, the writer has successfully delivered the purpose to the desired audience.