“Doctor in the House” by R. Gordon

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“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, emotions and 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 on the oral examination, before which he characterizes different types of candidates’ behavior anticipating it. After that the narrator passes on to the description of the main character’s feelings and his depressed condition due to the fact, that he did not know whether he would get through or not. And then the hero imagines what would happen in the case he passes or fails. The story ends with the detailed description of the emotional state of the main character before the announcing of the results and then his success: he passes the exam and “goes upstairs”. The text presents an extremely topical subject...
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