The Explorer's Daughter

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  • The Explorer's Daughter
    • Form
      • memoir, autobiographical
    • Purpose
      • to educate people on life in the Arctic and show them something new
    • 'slowly, methodically passing each other by'
      • tranquil and beautiful, emphasised by adverbs, which create a lulling sound
    • 'scrambling back up to the lookout'
      • present continuous tense adds excitement; juxtaposes slower movement of the narwhals
    • 'the evening light was turning butter-gold'
      • warm 'gold' juxtaposes the cold arctic
    • 'distances are always deceptive in the Arctic'
      • here, things are not as they seem: something as rigid as measurements are broken down: the rules are not the same here as the rest of the world
        • echoes how we in the West are against hunting whales but in the Arctic it is accepted as a means of survival
    • Second paragraph, change of focus to become more factual
      • reflects how the memoir is doing two things: informing the reader and expressing the author's feelings
      • Jargon = factual, technical terms
    • list of all the whale is used for highlights how important they are in the life of inuights
    • 'small gasp or jump'
      • shows how intensely focused on the men everyone is. Adds excitement and climax to  the text
    • 'vast waterborne game'
      • element of fun but dangerous also
    • 'so close, and so brave'
      • repetition of so underlines how heroism and how the odds are stacked against them
    • 'This dilemma stayed with me'
      • Herbert gives no answer, allowing reader to establish their own view. Has provided facts so they can make decisions

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