Alexandra Fuller and Pan Macmillan’s extract from, Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight, explore the roles of the family dynamic and their roles within the family. This is a first person narrative, written from the perspective of one of the daughters. As well, this passage describes the event of selling bales of tobacco in a market setting. This passage develops the roles of the narrator, the mother, and the father, through techniques such as animal imagery, body language, diction, punctuation, as well as structure.
The father is developed mainly using symbolism through diction in the extract. The father is represented using diction that associates him with animal imagery, and displays him as being in control of the situation. The authors use…show more content… In the third sentence of the extract, the narrator states that the father “nonchalantly stands . . . like a horse at rest”, connecting him with the image on a strong and powerful horse. The father is viewed by the narrator as being in control and mighty. The diction used by the narrator develops an atmosphere than is tense, like walking a tightrope. The use of “if” and contrasting sentences displays the anxiety present in the scene. Should the father accept the offer, the mood will become “exuberant”, but if the father tears the ticket, refusing, the atmosphere will become “quiet” and in the future, cause “anger”. As of the moment of the scene however, the atmosphere is taut and nerve-wracking. Synecdoche is also used to distinguish to the reader which parent the narrator is focused on, such as when the father is being addressed. The narrator takes note of watching “Dad’s hands as he walks the line”. This prompts the reader to focus their attention to the father’s hands and how they are linked to his line of work, the trading mainly. This gives off the essence of a working class as usually one would watch someone’s back as…show more content… Her character is portrayed as being anxious through the author’s choice of dialogue in the form of diction, which is “waves of her [the mother] anxiety sink down into my belly”. The effect of this is to allow the readers to establish the emotions of the narrator, as well as establish an the uneasy tone of the passage, and how stressful and important the event of selling tobacco bales for her family is. Additionally, the narrator is seen to be uncomfortable in the setting she is present in. This is seen through the many dashes and pauses within her thoughts because she has no dialogue within this passage, “wishing- we- weren’t- here”, the dashes show her discomfort because the thought is extended, and thus more intense and heavy, wishing they could be somewhere else. The effect of the narrator’s comfort establishes her role within the family, the reason she and her sister does not have dialogue symbolizes that she has no voice within the family, as well as establishing hierarchy. The authors use dictation and writing conventions to develop the character of the narrator herself, as well as the mother. The narrator’s focus on each of her parents is additionally highlighted through