Y12 Language Techniques BBA 2015
A selection of commonly used terms, where one would expect to find them and their effect and context explained.
"We don't know who he was. We don't know who he left behind. For my family he was 'uncle Pat'. Who is he for you?"
It was also the coming home of all who had not come home.
TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Lest we forget
"Rods wavering like multiple forward slashes on a keyboard."
/ / /
"She wished they would slow down."
A connection is expected in a speech. The author changes PERSONAL PRONOUNS "we" to "you" to relate the idea that this soldier could be the loved one that those listening lost. Everyone has an 'uncle Pat'. The purpose of the RHETORICAL QUESTION is to allow us to reflect & remember as expected during a memorial service. Together these techniques create a reflective TONE.
The author uses a SIMILE to draw attention to a particular characteristic. I expect to see this in poetry, fiction and some speeches. Here the poet JUXTAPOSES city life with outdoor pursuits. It's like the stress of the city follows you everywhere. One keeps seeing stressful or routine signs of the work day. Sleek rods held at an angle remind workers of punctuation marks.
In a fiction extract, I expect to be able to comment on narration. Here, the author uses THIRD PERSON NARRATION to reveal her inner thoughts. The use of "slow down" highlights her desire that the young guests (whose lives move at a quicker pace) stay because she's lonely and wishes to talk to them rather than her cat (old lady STEREOTYPE). Is the bribe (bread) taken for granted?
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