The Woman in Black Key Quote analysis

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  • "My heart again, began to race."
    • Vital organ for survival, suggest vulnerability in a life threatening situation
    • Common occurrence - anxiety due to supernatural events
    • Metaphor that the heart is beating excessively which shows fear and desperation - personification
    • Sudden change and shock, contradicted by "again"
    • Pause/break reader stops and becomes sympathetic
    • Links to the rest of the book
      • Extreme emotions eg. sudden sadness at the end, fear in "Christmas Eve"
      • 1st Sighting is slightly sympathetic as she is unknown but this contrasts with other sightings later on
      • Emotional responses of young and naive but then he becomes older and is more affected

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