The Test" written by Njabulo Ndebele and the New York Times 2005 World Cup Sports Report.

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Text 1a) is an extract from a short story named "The Test", written by Njabulo Ndebele (1983). It is about a young boy called Thoba and its passion for playing street football with his friends, before he heads home. Text 1b) is a newspaper article (sports report) from the New York Times (2005) which treats the World Cup, a real event happening every four years. Both texts share the theme of football, however they approach this sport in a different manner: Text 1a) is about street football on a local scale while text 1b) is about professional football on an international (world cup) scale. In this commentary we will analyze the global theme of football in the texts using the sub themes of playing football on an international or local…show more content…
The text is an article from a newspaper: the countries and teams mentioned really exist, it is not a text of fiction. Naming those countries with "from" and 'to' show the globality of the world cup. In text 1b) the footballers are professionals: they play football for a living. The teams are from different countries and fighting for the World Champion title. Football is taken very seriously in both texts. In text 1a), Njabulo Ndebele makes a detailed description of the boys playing football that makes this sport seem like a huge part of their lives. As opposed to text 1b), there is a use of very vivid, descriptive nouns:Text 1a), Lines 16-17: "But he stopped, and looked at the swarm of boys chasing after the tennis ball in a swift chaotic movement away from him, like a whirlwind."The use of the word "swarm" makes us picture the boys as an enormous, dense mass of bodies (they are no longer individuals.) In this quote, we can see that a spectator (someone that is not playing the game) would see the teams chasing the ball as a whirlwind, which gives a great sense of speed. This comparison makes the football game seem like bigger and more chaotic, almost destructive and therefore insists on how much energy the boys put into this sport that they play wildly. The comparison of the boys with a whirlwind emphasizes the importance of football in their lives. A way in which text

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