A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat (Language (Tri-colon ("Quick…
A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat
"lads" + "punters"
"suddenly fired up"
"waiting for an eternity" + "rush hour gone anarchic"
Allow reader to further empathise with Levine
"Quick reflexes...nerves of steel...effective horn"
"Voices raised, fists were out and tempers rising"
"Horns tooting, bells ringing and special rattles"
"Wacky Races...Formula 1 without rules"
Reader can empathise with Levine
"perched in the boot with a zoom lens pointing out."
Zoomorphism of "perched" juxtaposes the very human object of a zoom lens
Potentially trying to show the difference between animalistic Pakistani society and the developed Western one
"only action was a villager on a wobbly bicycle...cloud of fumes and dust created by some fifty vehicles roaring up in their wake."
Tranquility vs Chaos
As if there's 2 races - 1 between the donkeys and 1 between the spectators in their vehicles
"swallowed up by the crowd"
Although it was a potentially dangerous situation it was light-hearted
1st Person + Direct Speech
"We drove off" + "'Coming, coming'"
Makes it more personal
"A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat"
Unusual so it catches reader's attention
2 activities are juxtaposed
Makes reader wonder what it could be about
In media res
"We drove off..."
Several short paragraphs
Allows for intense description but still keeps it chaotic by always moving on
Long vs Short Sentences
Use of polysyndeton makes the sentences very long which creates a hectic and suspensory atmosphere. At the end of the race these stop and become short, concise sentences signifying the end of the event. But, they quickly build up again during the fight after the race
Long = Chaos
Short = Calm