Doctor in the House

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Analysis of the story "Doctor in the house”

The story to be analyzed is entitled "Doctor in the house” written by Richard Gordon. He also wrote several novels and screenplays dealing with practice of medicine. The extract is about passing oral and written exams on medicine. The author describes the way how the main character passed his examinations. He considered it to be death. A lot of images can be found in the text. They create atmosphere of a contest, a court, musical playing. The author emphasizes the inevitability of meeting Secretary to hear the sentence...

“Doctor In The House” By R. Gordon
“Doctor in the House” by R. Gordon

The text under analysis is taken from the book “Doctor in the House” written by Richard Gordon. Richard Gordon was born in 1921. He has been an anaesthetist at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, a ship’s surgeon and an assistant editor of the British Medical Journal. He left medical practice in 1952 and started writing his “Doctor” series. “Doctor in the House” is one of Gordon’s twelve “Doctor” books and is noted for witty description of a medical student’s years of professional training. The text belongs to the group of fictional texts. The events in the text refer to the real world and the author seeks to judge the text subjectively. The text under consideration is a witty and humorous description of such a hard and important thing in students’ life as their final exams. The author shows us the condition of students before, during and after exams, therefore, the aim of the text is to describe the students’ feelings, emotionsand preparations for them. At the beginning of the story the author describes the most significant event in the life of every medical student – the final examination. He shows the students’ feelings and preparations for them. Then the narrator depicts the written exam, after which the main hero and his friend discuss the original process of grading the papers at college. Further the author dwells...
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