Game of polo with a headless goat

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  • A GAME OF POLO WITH A HEADLESS GOAT
    • LANGUAGE
      • 'BUT WILL YOU TRY TO GET TO THE FRONT?' - direct speech brings characters to life and shows Levine's determination and excitement.
      • 'WE WAITED FOR ETERNITY' - hyperbole conveys Levine's impatience and also mirrors the rest of the text's extremity
      • 'SOME FIFTY VEHICLES ROARING UP' - onomatopoeic language - first indication of sound and visual impact of the race.
      • 'IT WAS SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST'- hyperbole suggesting a battle to survive.
      • WITH A SHARP FLICK OF THE STEERING WHEEL (NO LANE DISCIPLINE HERE);... FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS; NERVES OF STEEL AND AN EFFECTIVE HORN.'- Semi colons are used to separate the items on the list. The series of phrases reflects quick moves made by the driver.
      • 'HAD TO DIVE INTO THE DITCH' - alliteration adds drama to the text.
      • 'THE RACE WAS OVER' - short sentence indicates abruptness which race ends with - making it more dramatic.
      • 'VOICES WERE RAISED, FISTS WERE OUT AND TEMPERS RISING'- rule of three and is uses to describe change in mood.
      • 'SWALLOWED UP BY THE CROWD' - metaphor indicates how individuals change to become monstrous when they are a crowd.
      • 'YAQOOB LOVED IT' - short sentence reflecting the simplistic joy that echoes the simple lifestyle- contrasts with the longer sentences describing the race. Suggests that action is complex but emotions are straight-forward.
      • 'HANGING OUT OF TAXIS AND PERCHED ON LORRIES' - again 'perched' is used this time for the mass of spectators
    • QUOTES
      • 'WACKY RACES' - refers to an old cartoon. reader can relate the race to a cartoon and conjures images of anarchy and chaos found in cartoons- foreshadows mayhem.
      • 'ME PERCHED IN THE BOOT' - Verb 'perched' builds a comical image.
      • 'COMING, COMING' - Shows laid back lifestyles. Juxtaposes with the west and the definite timing of formula one races.
      • 'JUST AS,' - Turning point
      • 'I WAS BEGINNING TO LOSE FAITH IN IT'S HAPPENING, BUT THE LADS REMAINED CONFIDENT' - suggests some cultural differences.
      • 'THE TWO DONKEYS WERE ALMOST DWARFED BY THEIR ENTOURAGE' - usually used to describe people accompanying e.g. a president. Brings humour as it's for 2 donkeys- but also suggests importance of the race.
      • 'THEIR JOCKEYS PERCHED ON TOP'- 'perched again this time for jockeys.
      • 'BUT I DON'T EVEN HAVE MY LICENCE YET BECAUSE I'M UNDERAGE!' - Reflects the unlawfulness and chaos of the race.
      • 'COULD'VE CAUSED PROBLEMS' - Text ends with an understatement and leaves open suggestion the things that could've gone wrong during the chaotic race. Levine seems to acknowledge it as exciting.
    • STRUCTURE
      • 1) Waiting- expectation, quiet, and still.
      • 2) Race approaches- a build-up of tension
      • 3) Midst of race- chaos, noise and movement
      • 4) Climax - end of race
      • 'JUST AS I WAS ASSUMING' - indicates shift in Waiting to Actual race itself.
      • The long complex sentences in paragraph 5 mirror the hectic scene.
      • STRUCTURALLY- The combination of the 3 races (the donkey race, the spectator race and Yaqoob's race to get Levine in front), reflects the complexity of the events being described!Furthermore- notice 'PERCHED' is used for all 3 races. Levine perched. Jockeys perched. and the spectators perched.
    • METHODS
      • Dialogue - to present characters
      • Humour and Hyperbole to convey chaos of events and to entertain the reader
      • Use of sensory language, onomatopoeia - to convey the atmosphere of the race.
      • Combination of long and complex sentences and short sentences to create contrast and develop tension and drama
      • Verbs to convey movement
      • A lot of Rule of three
      • Metaphors to convey intensity of the driving experience

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