storm on the island language

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  • Storm On The Island - language
    • "leaves and branches can raise a tragic chorus in a gale"
      • the adjective "tragic" has connotations of misery, melancholy and depression
      • moreover the phrase as a whole suggests the destructive potential of nature, because the storm is affecting the trees
      • on a metaphorical level, the "tragic chorus" could refer to the tragedy of the troubles of which the storm as a whole is an extended metaphor
      • links to tragedy of troubles
      • aural imagery
      • leaves and branches
        • storm
          • destruction
    • "spits like a tame cat turned savage"
      • the adjective "savage" connotes aggression, violence and potentially something uncontrollable
      • also, the simile as a whole suggests ow the people are as destructive as nature because they are fighting over each other.
        • the simile as a whole could therefore suggest that the outcome of the trouble is unpredictable and the conflict is uncontrollable
      • overall it also shows how the catholics and protestsants are fighting like cats and dogs.
        • overall nature is symbolised  through the violent imagery of the cat. it could also suggest the participants in the conflict are fighting like cats and dogs.
      • alliteration-baring its teeth -just like you s=don't expect a cat to turn savage you don't expect the sea to turn hostile(unfriendly, threatening, frightening)
    • "space is a salvo"
      • the noun "salvo" connotes war, chaos because it means guns going off simultaneously
      • the metaphor shows that the storm is coming at the inhabitance of the house at full force.
      • overall it shows the conflict is ubiquitous as everything is destroyed by the storm which links to the Catholics and protestants space as a whole(is touched and tainted by the storm) is affected
    • storm on the island is an extended metaphor for political conflict/ war.
    • wizened(dried up. the island is barren) shows how nature has destroyed everything.
    • "blows full blast "- onomatopoeia and aural imagery
    • "you know what I mean"- universalises effect
      • suggests warfare affects all and engages reader through direct address
    • repetition of "no" suggests that here is nothing anyone can do to stop nature
    • the noun "rock":at the start, fact of foundation of houses built on rock
    • "it is a huge nothing that we fear"
      • the adjective "huge" shows how ubiquitous (everywhere) nature is and how threatening it is
      • the abstract noun "nothing" shows the pointlessness of fighting nature as represented by the storm
    • "we are prepared"
      • the collective pronoun "we" shows solitary and it shows how they are all in it together.
        • security
      • prepared-trying/ making an attempt to fight nature
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