Each Monday we will be looking at a short extract from a text and analysing what and how the writer has written. Feel free to add your own comments/analysis below!
“We had spent ten weeks apart, a stretch of time that for me was like a long, empty road, punctuated every so often by signs of life—the quick letters he scrawled on Army stationary, the three short phone calls he was allowed to make.”
– Use of a simile to compare her life to a road – it helps to show the effect of this serpation her. Empty shows how much she missed her husband and long helps to show how much of a burden it was for her to be without him.
– Punctuated – Something that occurs at intervals – I think shows clearly how much impact these “signs of life” has on the writer. They interupt the wait for her.
– The use of the dash is to allow the writer to expand on what signs of life she did recieve, allowing readers to develop a deeper understanding of what her life was like.
-“scrawled” makes you think of a letter hastily written which in this context, I think shows how much these scraps of life mean to her – they were written quickly but he still took the time to write them and therefore are important to her.
If you wish to read this article in full you can find it here: http://velamag.com/there-are-no-goodbyes-in-the-army/5/