Interpretive writing and language choice. Essay Example

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February 24, 2021

Language Choice in Literature

The choice of words a narrator uses to convey a lot more about his or her surroundings. The language used by a narrator can be used to convey an idea of his discomfort in their surroundings. In most cases, such narrators write about their sad or painful experience but do not bring it outright. Maybe because of security reasons that they use a language that hides their pain and suffering. Some of how narrators convey discomfort is the choice of words, rhetorical questions, use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and fiction among others. Literal analysis of the narrator in the poem conveys discomfort in the following ways.

The narrator uses a rhetorical question to express cruelty to the surrounding. The narrator cares only for the sake of Jeffery’s family. The question is a clear indication that the person could have reiterated with cruel acts, but for the family. The person talks about bad events that are not explained in detail. The choices of words like horrible mess explain how uncomfortable the narrator is in that environment. Barnacles are used to describe a tenacious surrounding. The narrator describes Corrigan as a cluster of hard shells that do not know anything about death. Shells are used to describe the hard and cruel actions of Corrigan without thinking that one day death will strike. The narrator uses suspense. “And the way I am feeling right now…” the surrounding does not allow the narrator to express how he /she is feeling at the moment of narration.

Figurative language involves the use of words that give an expression that is more than the literal meaning of the words. The narrator uses phrases “like somebody is ripping my inside out, like some mongrel dog…” to explain unexpressed discomfort. Ripping a person inside out is a sign of humiliation and mutilation of some kind. The mongrel dog holding the intestines of the narrator conveys an idea of oppression. He/she sighs. That is an ironic sigh, after explaining all the problems in the surrounding; it is not an appropriate reaction. The narrator is in much pain. He or she flips the pen between the fingers to make it look like it’s made up of jelly. The flipping of the pen is an indication of anger. But even with the anger, the narrator gives an ironic smile.

Imagery is used at the end of the poem. The narrator wants to give up and surrender to the “dog” and let him/herself spool like an old woolen jumper. This brings a clear image of what could happen to the narrator if he/she decides to engage with the cause of discomfort. The word dog is used to signify the oppressors, who are interfering with significant aspects of the narrator’s (symbolized by intestines), in their face. The narrator says that if u took every bad event into your life, you’d be a wreck. This means that there is a lot of bad things that are happening in the surrounding which if taken seriously can hurt so much. It seems like most people are oppressed and are not comfortable but have little to do about it but “stay in Corrigan and pull their hats low.”

The narrator is the person telling the story. They give first-hand information. The narrator in the poem conveys ideas of discomfort in various literal ways that might not be understood without literal analysis. The context of the narrator does not allow him or her freedom of expression. There is a “dog” that prevents the narrator from outright pointing out to the discomfort in the surrounding.


Duff, Alan, and Alan Maley. Literature. Oxford: Oxford U Press, 2011. Print.