One Stair Up Analysis

Topics: Working class, Word, Metaphor Pages: 2 (484 words) Published: December 18, 2011
Stylistic Analysis of the Text
ONE STAIR UP
By C. Nairne
Nairne Campbell is a Scottish novelist, the author of two books "One Stair Up" (1932) and "Stony Ground" (1934), who wrote about Scottish working class families in a realistic manner. The extract from the book “One Stair Up” by C. Nairne depicts the man and woman who visited a cinema and had different views on the film that they had seen due to their diverse perception. There is also a description of the cinema-world as a pastime of the people from working class. The composition falls in three parts: the way to Rosa and Andrew’s dress circle as a plot, the common expression of the audience about the film and a comic performance as a sequence of events and the characters’ short discussion of the show as a dénouement. The type of presentation is author’s narrative. Narrative proper is the narrative compositional form. The vocabulary consists of the neutral words, some colloquials due to the dialogues (e.g.: swell kid, chap, chap, hot stuff, cackling, 'cos, gee, big picture), dialect word Och, barbarisms such as corridor, silhouette, also bookish words such as emerged, glanced, admitted, glared, acquaintances, voluptuous, contemptuous, etc. There are many compound words tea-spoon, bull's-eye, dress .circle, background, pot-plants, rapid-fire, heart-searing, heart-throbs, thrill-thirsty, heart-string, water-butt, mix-up, hard-worked. Author also uses some word-combinations and phrases sink into stillness, be unaccustomed to smth, to be too funny for words, to be cut short, moved by pity, to put up with which are direct and indirect in meaning to make the vocabulary more impressive. There are short, one-member and interrupted sentences (“This a comedy?” “But if you don't like it —“ ) usually used in dialogues to underline the colloquial character. Onomatopoeia – cackling, whirring, murmur; framing – you couldn't see anybody else, and they couldn't see you; repetition – expanded and...
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