Literary Analysis and Comparison of A Persistent Woman And Uncle Ernest

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Literary Analysis and Comparison of A Persistent Woman And Uncle Ernest I have chosen to compare and analyse the openings of "A persistent woman" and "Uncle Ernest" because the both authors have used similar literary techniques to try and make the reader read on but it in very different ways. For example both extracts describe the main characters (Uncle Ernest and Temple) but in "Uncle Ernest" this is very explicit, describing his appearance in great detail. Just from the first sentence we know he is a "middle-aged man wearing a dirty raincoat" and can begin to form a mental picture, creating familiarity and empathy. In sharp contrast, A Persistent Woman creates mystery and suspicion about…show more content…
Temple in contrast is only named using his surname, which is much more formal and unfriendly. Neither piece, however gives information as to their personalities. The authors only drop hints so the reader is forced to deduce the information. For example, "Ernest…walked through a café doorway, instinctively lowering his head as he did so" gives the impression than Ernest is very self-conscious and insecure. "A Persistent Woman", on the other hand, implies that Temple is unforgiving and intolerant because when " she (Sarah) clung to his arm" he "would not relent" and "tried to shake her off" even though he knew that she was sorry - "she was repentant" In "A Persistent Woman", strong language is used to foreshadow, violence, confrontation and dramatic events. For example, " atrocious quarrels" "killing him" and "furies" are used in the first sentence. This creates tension because the reader is in anticipation of these events. Whereas in "Uncle Ernest", words like "casually" and "eased" give the story a more leisurely pace and give the impression of the plodding routine of his existence. Both extracts use unspecified people to suggest to the reader how the outside world sees the characters. In "A Persistent Woman", "someone told him that his wife had been discovered in the pond - 'Suicide poor
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