Analysis of Doctor in the House written by R. Gordon.
Before analyzing this story, it is important to mention that Richard Gordon used to be a practicing doctor before he started his career as a writer. His stories are based on personal experience, what makes them more striking.
The story is highly emotional and ironical first person narration which tells about medical students’ experience of passing their final examinations. The text is clearly divided into three parts according to the stages of examinations. The first part tells about students’ attitude to exams. The second deals with written part of the exam, the third is about oral part and the last one tells how students get the results of the whole examination.
The author makes his narration bright and involving appealing to personal experience of readers: each and every of us used to be a student and had to pass exams. The readers got back in thoughts to their own experience and compare it with the main character’s. Although, it turned out that in case of medical students it is a bit different, the author had already achieved his goal: he had involved readers into narration appealing to their emotions.
The main subject of the story, as it was already told, is final exams. It is interesting to observe how many stylistic devices are used by Gordon to describe the concept of examination. The author employs conceptual metaphor to compare exam with death and develop this metaphor throughout all the narration. In the very beginning the direct simile to death is given “To medical students the final examinations are something like a death”. Then Gordon mentions death telling about students’ superstition “To speak of falling is a bad taste. It’s the same idea as talking about passing away and going above instead of plain dying”. Later, clear allusion to Bible is used by the author when he describes students, who have passed the exam and go upstairs (to heaven) and those, who... [continues]
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