Game of Polo with an headless goat (Structure of the article (Writing in…
Game of Polo with an headless goat
Travel writing, autobiography
Adults, young adults
To recreate the experience of the race and inform readers about unusual events.
List of three:
It is an effective technique to get the message across and make strong clear points. Emma Levine uses it to describe particular points in the race where the tension and action are both building up.
e.g. "Quick reflexes..., nerves of steel and.... effective horn"
"Voices raised, fists were out and tempers rising"
"Horns tooting, bells ringing and special rattles"
Metaphors help the reader to associate the events taking place with something more familiar to them, so they can understand it better. Emma compares the donkey race to the wacky races which suggests a chaotic free - for - all with lots of different types of vehicles and people looking out for themselves and using slightly wacky and dangerous methods to win.
By comparing it to formula 1 also helps the reader to get a sense of the speeds they were travelling.
e.g. "Wacky races"
"Fired pup with enthusiasm"
"Formula 1 without rules"
Hyperbole - exaggeration
Hyperbole's help the reader get a real sense of what it must have been like to be there. It also gives the reader an insight into the writers mind.
e.g. "Waiting for an eternity"
"rush hour gone anarchic"
Using personification in this article helps the writer bring objects such as the cars and the size of the crowds into to life and reality.
This helps the reader add a sense of drama and visualisation for the reader. By being familiar with the words which are used helps us as readers to scene it clearly.
e.g. "Vehicles jostled"
"Traffic... had to dive into the ditch"
"Swallowed up by the crowd"
Structure of the article
Writing in first person and using quotes
By writing in the first person it makes it more personal and draws the reader in making them feel like they are part of the story. She also makes refrences to and quotes parts of the conversations which she had with the boys in the cars. This makes the reader feel as if we where actually at the event and inside of that car. It also gives us an insight into what Emma and the Boys were thinking as it happened and allows us to build a relationship with the characters involved.
e.g. "We drove off"
"I really enjoyed that"
Overall tone and pace of article
The article is written in a fairly informal and relaxed manner which is in keeping with the event being described, namely a donkey race. The language used is very descriptive and should appeal to a lot of different people such as teenagers and adults. The text is easily understood by both and the pace of the article picks up as the race unfolds in order to help us get across the speed that everything was happening.
The article is set out in several short paragraphs which allows Emma Levine to write about a number of different parts the race. She manages to cover a period of time before the race, the actual race and a short period of time after the race in one and a half pages, this has also allowed her to be more descriptive about certain aspects of the race without it being too long winded and boring for the reader.
The short sections are also in keeping with the chaotic, fast moving race which jumps from scene to scene.
The title is unusual and stands out. it grabs the attention of the reader which the image of a headless goat . It juxtaposes a game of Polo which is sophisticated and a headless goat which is barbaric and savage. The reader is then left wondering how the two images are linked together.
"A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat"