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C.S Lewis Prose Commentary

This passage from c.c lewis conforms to the style of fictional writing. The protagonist portrays a stressed atmosphere, using strong diction which subsequently catches the readers attention, drawing their attention further into the story.

In this extract, lewis uses rhetorical devices such as questioning himself, imagery and in which person the author conveys his message. "at last i came to the crossroads by ... I ought to be seeing the lights... My watch had stopped, and i didn't know... I was afraid of, you understand. ... I did not like. ..." in the first paragraph, it can be noticed that this is a 1st person narrative text, as shown above. The author is describing a scene as a memory, as something that
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I ought to be seeing the lights from ransom's windows by now... It was dark enough but that might be due to the fog and the trees. ... The black enmity of those dripping trees. ..." still from the first paragraph, not only the type of narrative the text is may be denoted but the reader also becomes aware of setting. When he says "... I ought to be seeing the lights from ransom's windows by now..." gives the impression to the reader that the character is in a road few miles away from his destination. The implication of chapel and beech trees gives an impression to the reader that this passage takes place in the countryside. It also connotes that this is at the end of the day, when the author again mentions it is getting dark. Giving this description right in the beginning of the text gives successful introduction, immediately setting the eerie and gothic like tone that continues to develop through out this …show more content…
The extract is full of suspense and anxiety which lewis has tries to capture through his use of dark and perturbed imagery and characterization. The evident tension is created by lewis' use of diction such as 'drumming', 'shouting' and 'slam' as they represent sudden loud noises, ultimately creating tension. The passage is extremely effective, confusing the reader, as the reader cannot interpret what is going to happen next. The author's use of caps and flashback in the narration helps to convey the inevitable terror and fear the protagonist feels. The choice of words used by the author also plays a major hand in creating and maintaining the tension throughout the excerpt. The theme that stands out the most to the reader is the theme of self-questioning and self-doubt. The author's choice of words helps in creating an apprehensive atmosphere in the extract. Vivid feelings of dementia and fear have been expressed by the protagonist, which has helped in successfully creating the mood and tone for the setting. Lewis continues to add to the idea the protagonists character is not entirely stable by jumping from different attitudes. He is rational, as well as, irrational. The part of him that is valorous and composed seems to come to indifferently perceive that insanity is, in fact self evident to

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