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Mongolian Wedding
· The purpose of travel writing is to entertain and inform. Travel
writing also educates, gives the reader knowledge about parts of the
world, people, cultures and traditions that we know little about here
in the UK.
Travel writing can also us make us reflect about different aspects of our
own culture, for example are British weddings stuffy and boring when
compared to their Mongolian counterparts?
Word Choices
· A mixture of formal and informal words, e.g. `camaraderie' and
· Words and phrases (semantic field) normally associated with wars
and battles, e.g. "lookouts."
· Use of Mongolian words to give a sense of the unique context and
place, but also help the reader learn something new, e.g. "ger"
· Groups of words normally associated with a wedding, e.g.
· Words associated with food and drink, perhaps too much, "excess
of hospitality,"
· Wide range of words associated with fighting, "laid into,"
· Exaggeration, "a mountainous plate,"
· Characterisation by creating appropriate nicknames, e.g. Lenin
· Direct speech is used to convey comic detail about characters,
"Have you a wife?....We'll sort something out in the morning."
· Indirect speech is used for the same effect, in this example contrast,
"she performed admirably, producing a story about a boy looking
for his favourite horse."

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Stewart's own thoughts often provide an interpretative commentary,
e.g. the final paragraph
· The recurring image of warfare
· The pattern of violent and softening language to emphasise the
lighthearted tone, "one of the ..aunts..had taken up a horsewhip
and was merrily flailing in the direction..."
· Similes, comparing the unknown, to something more recognisable,
something more understandable "like a grey glacier,"
· Euphemism "a state of dishevelled merriment," e.g. drunkenness
· The chronological structure that leads us through the day.…read more


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