The Explorer's Daughter (Language (Adjectives ("deceptive"…
The Explorer's Daughter
"Two hours after
"naked eye...bare hands"
Juxtaposes the beauty of the narwhals + their environment
Emphasises majesty of their environment
Symbolises value of the narwhals
"pods" + "fjord"
"I looked across the glittering kingdom"
It's as if the narwhals are the kings of the sea
"soft billows of smoke"
Relaxing - like the environment
Investigates narwhal hunting as a possible shady business
Emphasises how few narwhals there actually are
Trying to justify killing them
Humans are unsure
Symbolises the rarity of narwhals
Symbolises mysteriousness of narwhals
It's as if the narwhals are trapped
Shows how if it keeps happening they may become extinct
Accentuates the value of narwhals
Qualifiers add suspense
"like watching a vast, waterborne game"
Objectification removes any emotional investment
Juxtaposes all the wives' care
"they talk to one another under the water."
Makes reader sympathise towards narwhals
"foolhardy exercise...inspire respect"
Narwhals deserve more respect
Like a list
Shows uniqueness of narwhals
"The narwhal...The narwhal...The narwhal"
Definite article emphasises their importance
The repetition makes reader symphathise towards them
Constant shift between events and their implications
Rational vs Emotional
picked up his
"I urged the man on in my
also urged the narwhal"