Every 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!
“Birthdays plunge me into a great fog of dissatisfaction. It started on my 19th with a deep trepidation about leaving my teens. You could get away with just about anything by blaming it on teenageness but 20 seemed, like, totally old. Now 20 seems, like, totally a long time ago. A general feeling that I’ve under-achieved my way through life thus far is compounded by another year gone and not much changed. Yet another year where I failed to unpick life’s great mysteries: God, the universe and karaoke.”
Catriona Stewart (http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/13060935.the_birthday_dumps/)
– Great imagery – The imagery of the fog is perfect for describing that feeling that lingers around and makes it difficult to see your way through
– Trepdidation is the perfect word to use here- it implies the dread and fear that is felt as the writer gets a year younger.
– Use of teenage slang (,like, totally) helps to create an informal and humourous tone. It tells the reader that she isn’t taking herself totally seriously.
– Great use of the rule of three to help the self-mocking tone up. She uses an anti-climax (karaoke) to underscore the other two, more serious, points.