- Created by: RandomEpicness
- Created on: 06-07-20 12:05
'like a married couple'- simile here juxtaposes the idea of seperateness with marriage. Could be connected to the fact that Lev has lost his wife.
'into a rainy morning'- Pathetic fallacy used to suggest their arrival in London is unwelcoming.
'And Lev thought how all of this ...' 'and already'- Repetition here of 'and' at the beginning of sentences suggests how Lev's thoughts are wondering.
'He looked away'- short sentence emphasise how quickly he turned- discomfort.
'with rain falling'- Pathetic fallacy used to suggest pessmism of future.
'How long before the next gas stop'- Rhetorical question shows what Lev thinks.
'in his bed before London was bombed'- alliteration suggests repeated bombing.
first paragraph = Pleasant description of setting contrasts with words 'huddled' and 'staring' describing Lev. Reader gets impression that he is not happy to go. Fresh green of garlic symbolises a fresh start to be made through the trip.
'clutched...Russian cigarettes'- cigarettes symbolise his culture. 'clutched' suggests how he wants to hold on to his culture.
'no smoking allowed on this bus'- already at this early strage, Lev finds challenge and must adapt.
'his heart remained in his own country'- patriotism and dislike at having to leave home and determination to hang on to culture. 'his' shows attatchment to homeland.
'There were two coach drivers'- Paragraph shifts focus away from Lev to actual journey.
'darkness on silent marshes'- more listing emphasises the length of the journey across changing landscapes.
'his wife, Marina, was dying'- details of Lev's family life gives more context.
'linoleum flooring'- description of sleeping suggests Lev went through hardship for his family.
'painting strange pictures in Lev's brain that had never completely vanished'- the imagery here represents Lev's emotional distress associated with the time of his wife's death
'where he'd taken Marina'- the smell of the egg evokes memories. Link between the past and present.
"I expect you understand what I mean?'- Lydia is adventurous unlike Lev.
'My name is Lev'- Lev chooses to initiate conversation with Lydia. Maybe because he remembers the stork. Stork not dying represents the continuation of life. Lev seems to make a concious decision at this point, as he puts past aside and continues present.
'may I say some words?'- decision to practice English suggests willingness to embrace the future.
'Lovely. Sorry. I am legal.'- Series of expressions shows how limited his English is.
'B&B'- Surprising mention of stork and B&B creates some humour in the text.
'Lev could now see that darkness'- nightfall reminds the reader us of passing of time. This paragraph contarsts with Lydia's boredom of the same scene as Lev remembers his home village.
'he told Lydia'- Lev does most of the talking. Seems to need to talk to someone.
'They ran out of trees', said Lev'- this sugests hopelessness.
'Lev drank again'- his drinking at the moment Lydia mentions work is significant. Shows his anxiety and stress about finding a job.
'red blankets'- red motif again, Red symbolises communism. Lev is travelling to London from a formerly communist controlled state.
'English book'- Lydia is better prepared for England, immersed in new culture. He envies.
'little loss'- juxtaposed with suicide. Lev's communist-ness influenced his lack of sympathy.
'infernal luck'- 'infernal' suggests resentment and hate for the English.
'leaving of my home was hard and bitter, but my time is coming''- ends on a positive note, suggesting some determination and hope for the future.
- Third person but we see everything from Lev's perspective
- Lev examines a £20 note and reflects on the lucky life the man on the note must've had.
- Structurally, there is more than one journey in the text.:
1)The actual bus journey across Europe
2) Lev's own journey of changing his attitude.
- Changes begin mostly after the stork memory. Maybe because the stork not dying symbolises continuation of life. Lev realises he has to move on.