Q)How has the writer of the text used style and language to convey meaning? By Mujtaba Asim


This text is an extract from the story called “Getting Lost” written by Matt Inman, in this story the author has narrated and described his journey to Boseong, city of Korea and how he got lost between his dreadful journey heading there. The writer has used figurative language as well as many other vocabulary effects to enhance the meaning of his paragraph, to attract more readers and help them understand the passage more deeply.

Notice that the structure of the passage is narrative so the writer varies his way of speaking and has changed it from informal to sometimes formal, changing the passage from formal to informal, and from informal to formal in the middle of text creates a dramatic effect. Through the structure, which is narrative, the author is able to fully develop the plot, the characters and their actions, and lead us to the lesson of the story and help us in understanding it.

The tone of the writer, also known as the writer’s attitude is really sceptical and optimistic, “I hopped on the bus and tried to relax with a book, focusing on the book was difficult as I had never done this journey before”. You can see here that this is the writer’s first time travelling to Boseong and he really didn’t what was for him ahead; he is sceptical because this place is new to him and he doesn’t even speak the language spoken there, that makes the journey really difficult for him yet he remains calm and remains optimistic even when he got injured. The writer being sceptical and optimistic engages the reader in reader the complete story to see if the author was lucky enough to witness what he thought about, to see if the future is really bright.

This extract mainly attracts people who are tourists or travellers, or other people who are new to a country so the audience includes travellers and mainly young-adults and adults since the extract is a travel log and has a jolly pace, these people find this story really interesting and attracting because the passage itself is about travelling to new places and your experience there, so if any one of these readers think of going to Boseong or any other place, this extract can be of use to them.

The author has also used rhetorical questions in his passage, “Where would have been the fun in that?”. This is a figure of speech which the writer has used to add emphasis on his lesson, he thinks that if there were no difficulties during the journey, it would’ve been boring. Using rhetorical question in the passage persuades and influences the audience, it is mainly used to emphasize a point and force the reader into thinking about the passage more.

Notice that the writer also has used personification in the end of his passage, “The roads will take you.”. This is another example of a figure of speech and using personification can help readers understand or react emotionally to non-human characters. It creates a relation between the audience and the non-human characters which are included in the passage.

In the conclusion, the passage is a mix of greatly used vocabulary to emphasize and deeply help the audience understand the meaning of the passage, to help the reader understand the lesson of the story and what is its true meaning. The writer has successfully explained his story with using different figurative language and using different tones and structures which has attracted many readers and made the story worthy of being read. 

About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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