Assignment Title - Consider the representation of imprisonment, physical and psychological, in Primo Levi's If This is A Man.
I have got to about page 50 out of 200 and already I can see how Levi is sparing and factual about his account of Auschwitz. You can tell how the men are worn down from day one - depicting man's inhumanity to man. I would wax more lyrically, but I will leave this for my essay (I don't want to be done for self plaigiarism - which, up until I started the FdA, I hadn't realise that you can be guilty of precisely that). It is a good book and I can see a framework for analysis building already. Awaiting for my other books to be delivered, but mostly I must stay offline and extensively read.
My sister and I were engaged in conversation about how a framework for English was never truly explained to her. I have written how the framework was explained to me. For anyone who is interested, the framework is under the cut.
ENGLISH FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYSIS
Remember to use the SEA frame – Statement, Evidence, Analysis.
· Write briefly and concisely – remember that this is the introductory paragraph – about the context, purpose, audience, content, audience, attitude, text-type, themes.
· Identify any special features of graphology (layout, pictures) or typography (font etc.)
· Look at the paragraph structure.
· Look at narrative stance (first person, third person etc., viewpoint).
· Consider any figures of speech.
· Register (what type of audience is it aimed at?).
· Identify any non-standard features.
· Look at sentence type (minor, simple, compound).
· Highlight any particular features of punctuation.
· Consider sentence mood (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamative).
· Aspects of syntax (order of words); i.e. listing, tripling, inverted syntax, juxtaposition).
· High, medium or low register.
· Use of lexis (jargon, colloquial lexis, archaic lexis, neologisms, (coined words), lexical sets (e.g. ‘bright’ idea, a ‘beacon’in this dark world – all light lexis).
· Comment on figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification)
· Word classes e.g. verb, noun, adjective.
· Alliteration, assonance, consonance, sibilance, onomatopoeia
· Cacophonic sounds (unpleasant or harsh-sounding), or Euphonic (pleasing/soft)
· Serious, matter-of-fact, or flippant.
· Use of irony, satire or black humour
· Positive, upbeat, or depressing
Think about the Effect
· What is the overall effect and how far has it succeeded in its purpose?