A Christmas carol
1. Give five examples of the interesting use of language in the extract.
-There is a large variety of interesting use of language throughout the book ‘a Christmas carol’. At the start of the book Dickens uses metaphors. The first line in the book is: ‘Oh! But he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!’ Grindstone is a thick disc of stone or other abrasive material mounted so as to revolve, used for grinding, sharpening, or polishing metal objects. This suggests to the reader that scrooge was very wary of his actions. He was very sharp and never missed a thing. He also goes on to say, ‘hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire. Dickens told the reader that there something good about scrooge but then lowered the expectations by saying that no steel had ever struck out generous fire. He almost makes scrooge look like a pointless person with no good use. -He then uses a range of adjectives at once. ‘Squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner.’ He uses a clever technique of having the first five adjectives have the same ending, but then uses covetous. Covetous, you may think, is the word which is the odd one out, but however, having a word at the end with a different ending emphasis it and shows that above all the other words used to describe him he is mostly a covetous old sinner. Sinner means, against the will of god. This shows that scrooge did very wicked things. - The whole piece of text from chapter I, Marley’s Ghost, is an extended metaphor. An extended metaphor is a metaphor that last through the whole story. Extended metaphors allow the author, in this case Dickens, to talk about something which cannot be directly said. This creates a visual in the readers head and makes them want to carry on reading. -Another use of interesting language is short sentences and long sentences. Short sentences can show a very direct and straight forward thought, and they...
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