English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy Stealing

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"The most unusual thing I ever stole? A snowman. Midnight."
Starts with controversial tone - 1st Person. Short sentences emphasis loneliness and isolation
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"He looked magnificent; a tall, white mute"
Connection with non-living
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"I wanted him, a mate'
Lonely - desires companionship
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"...with a mind as cold as the slice of ice..."
A metaphor: Cold and unnatural emotions
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"I started with the head"
Sounds disturbing
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"Better off dead than giving in, not taking what you want"
Wants the snowman
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"He weighed a ton; his torso, frozen stiff, hugged to my chest, a fierce chill piercing my gut"
Juxtaposition - literally close or metaphorically emotionally attached. 'Piercing' strong verb - something (loneliness, conscience) getting to him - suggests painful, secretive, know he's doing wrong.
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"Part of the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning. Life's tough."
He's sadistic - gets pleasure out of pain. Caesura, punishing others for his pain, envious
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"Sometimes I steal things I don't need"
Pointless, life of petty crime.
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"I joy-ride cars to nowhere"
No destination - metaphor for no purpose
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"I'm a mucky ghost, leave a mess"
Wants to be remembered. Feels like a ghost to others
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"I watch my gloved hand twisting the doorknob"
Thinks about what he's doing
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"A stranger's bedroom. Mirrors. I sigh like this - Aah.
Wishes he could have this, self mockery - italics place emphasis.
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What does Stanza three reveal?
History - uncomfortable about, hides behind snowman
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"He didn't look the same"
Made of snow - going to look different
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"I took a run and booted him. Again. Again. My breath ripped out in rags"
Using violence - repetition done it so many times it has tired him out. Alliteration - agressive.
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"Then I was standing alone amongst lumps of snow, sick of the world"
Back to square 1, alone once again - hates everyone
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Possible answer to his problems
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"I'm so bored I could eat myself"
Self destruction
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"I nicked a bust of Shakespeare one, flogged it, but the snowman was strangest"
Realises what he did was peculiar
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"You don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?"
Full cycle, none the wiser why he has done it. Talking to himself, doesn't understand himself.
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Card 2


"He looked magnificent; a tall, white mute"


Connection with non-living

Card 3


"I wanted him, a mate'


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Card 4


"...with a mind as cold as the slice of ice..."


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Card 5


"I started with the head"


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