Journey into Bhutan, Jamie Zeppa



'giant child' - whole sentence is a metaphor for the landscape of the country. It is remeniscent of ancient creation myths.

'mountains rise to meet the moon' - Metaphor emphasising the size of the mountains. Alliteration of the 'm' gives a sense of harmony and natrual beauty.

'mountains and more mountains'- Repetition of 'mountains' emphasies amazement.

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'rolling into valleys, again and again,' - Unusual sentence structure prepares the reader for something unconventional, suggests the aw the writer feels at vastness.

'but I cannot imagine it' - introduces idea that it cannot be explained scientifically, rather it is somewhere mysterious and magical.

'frozen desert'- there is more evidence again of a tough landscape

'winter air is thin and dry and very cold'- not very welcoming. Tough environment.

'I share'- notice peice is written in present tense, helps reader to share experience.

'flavorless' - not only literally flavourless, but also culturally flavorless. Not enjoying experience so far, everyday details are unimpressive.

'both ecstatic'- strong word suggests the excitement of the other canadians. Their enthusiasm contrasts with the writer's own feelings.

'pick up some of their enthusiasm' -Direclty admits she isn't enjoying.

'infiltration' - negative connotations, outside influence is a kind of pollution

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'Bhutanese-ness' - mixed feelings about cultural influences. Looking out for reminders of familiar life, but finds western culture is out of place.

'actually new'- use of word 'actually' again suggests she is surprises

'I think'- Zeppa is starting to show a more positive appreciation of her surroundings.

'"kira" "gho"- use of Bhutanese words adds authenticity and to show how she tries to engage with and understand the culture she travelled to. She wants culture.

'impeccable English '- Again this is something unexpected for Zeppa

'no single word'- loss for words contrasts with the 'impeccable English.

'rainbow' etc. - names listed give a mystical, magical feel. Many layers to the undrestanding of Bhutan.

'independance' - Account of Bhutan's resistance to colonisation makes it seem resilient and strong/ Zeppa's appreciation for the country has grown through out the extract.

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  • Zeppa's first impressions are made from the plane and suggest an overall feeling of awe and of strangeness.

3 main sections in the extract

  • 1) Begins with her expectations from the air and the first night at the hotel,- reflects her awe and wonder and suggests some unrealistic ideas.
  • 2) Shows Zeppa coming back to reality in her first day in Bhutan, sees more of everyday life in the country.
  • 3) Final section sees Zeppa looking more deeply into the culture and history of Bhutan, and establishing a growing appreciation for the country.
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  • Personal account
  • factual
  • travel writing + memoir
  • first person 
  • present tense
  • Bhutanese wrods and names show her efforts to get to know the country despite her inital thoughts
  • Develops an appreciation gradually throughout text. Understanding
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  • Metaphors of mountains, analogy of giant child
  • Descriptive language and adjectives to convey both imrpessions
  • Use of first person to convey personal reflections
  • Present tense creates a diary feel, suggests Zeppa's feelings
  • Contrast between the majestic landscape and the small details of everyday life
  • Use of Bhutanese words for authenticity
  • Factual language to explain historical details
  • 3 part structure
  • Repetition of 'mountain'
  • Time makers.
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