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Reading Primo Levi - Day 1

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.


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.

Consider Phonology
·        Alliteration, assonance, consonance, sibilance, onomatopoeia
·        Cacophonic sounds (unpleasant or harsh-sounding), or Euphonic (pleasing/soft)
Consider Tone
·        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?

Tags: ba english yr 3, english framework for analysis, if this is a man, primo levi, war writing since 1914

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