Game of Polo with a Headless Goat, Emma Levine

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  • GAME OF POLO WITH A HEADLESS GOAT
    • LANGUAGE
      • "BUT WILL YOU TRY TO GET TO THE FRONT?" - Use of 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, life and death. Severity of winning. increases tension and adrenaline of race.
      • ''WITH A SHARP FLICK OF THE STEERING WHEEL (NO LANE DISCIPLINE HERE);...FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS; NERVES OF STEEL, AN AN EFFECTIVE HORN'- Semi colons used to separate items in the list. Series of phrases reflects quick moves made by the driver.
      • 'HAD TO DIVE INTO THE DITCH'- Alliteration adds drama to the text.
      • 'YAQOOB LOVED IT'- Short sentence suggests the simplistic joy that echoes the simple lifestyle, contrasts with longer sentences describing the race. Suggests the action is complex but emotions are straightforward.
      • '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 3 used to describe change in mood.
      • 'SWALLOWED UP BY THE CROWD'- Metaphor indicates how individuals changes to become monstrous when they become a crowd.
    • QUOTES
      • 'WACKY RACES'- Refers to an cartoon. Relates to reader. Relates the race to a cartoon and conjures images of anarchy and chaos found in cartoons, foreshadowing the havoc.
      • 'ME PERCHED IN THE BOOT'- Verb 'perched' builds a comical image
      • 'COMING, COMING'- Shows laid back lifestyle. Juxtaposes with the west and the definite timings of Formula One races.
      • 'JUST AS'- suggests a turning point
      • ''I WAS BEGINNING TO LOSE FAITH IN IT'S HAPPENING, BUT THE LADS REMAINED CONFIDENT'- Suggests cultural differences.
      • 'THE TWO DONKEYS WERE ALMOST DWARFED BY THEIR ENTOURAGE'- usually used to describe people accompanying very important people. Having an entourage for 2 donkeys adds humour, but also suggests the importance of the race.
      • 'THEIR JOCKEYS PERCHED ON TOP'- 'perched' used again but this time for the jockeys.
      • 'WHILE THE VEHICLES JOSTLED- Jostled conveys crowded chaos of scene.
      • 'BUT I DON'T EVEN HAVE MY LICENSE YET BECAUSE I'M UNDERAGE!'- Reflects the unlawfulness and chaos of the race
      • 'COULD'VE CAUSED PROBLEMS'- Ends with an understatement and leaves open suggestion that things 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, movement.
            • 4) Climax, end of race.
      • 'Just as I was assuming'- Indicates shift in focus from waiting to race itself.
      • Levine has interwoven 3 races together. ; the donkey race, the spectator race,  and Yaqoob's race to get Levine to the front. Structurally, this combination of stories reflects the complexity of the events being described. The structure is used to create tension and build up to the main event.
    • METHODS
      • Dialogue to present characters.
      • Humour and hyperbole to convey chaos of events and to entertain
      • Use of sensory language, onomatopoeia, to convey atmosphere of race.
      • Combination of short, long and complex sentences to create contrast and develop tension and drama.
      • Verbs to convey movement.
      • Rule of 3
      • Metaphors convey intensity of the driving experience.
  • STRUCTURE
    • 1) Waiting- expectation. Quiet and still.
      • 2) Race approaches- a build up of tension.
        • 3) Midst of race- chaos, noise, movement.
          • 4) Climax, end of race.
    • 'Just as I was assuming'- Indicates shift in focus from waiting to race itself.
    • Levine has interwoven 3 races together. ; the donkey race, the spectator race,  and Yaqoob's race to get Levine to the front. Structurally, this combination of stories reflects the complexity of the events being described. The structure is used to create tension and build up to the main event.

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