The passage is written in past tense, which further adds to the impression that the story is being directly recounted to the reader by one of the characters, who has experienced these events and is now re-telling them. In fact, the speaker establishes a direct connection to the reader by saying “you know”, thereby implying that the reader knows much about his character. The narrator is clearly not attempting to write this piece form an impartial or even objective point of view, as he frequently refers to his own feelings and thoughts – “my idea was,” and “I didn’t want” are two examples of this.
In this way, the reader is drawn into the story, they can imagine being there with the speaker, and, following his thoughts, may even begin to identify with him. The narration of this passage is very descriptive, describing both action and surroundings. There is no internal dialogue between characters, however, the entire passage is in fact a dialogue – it is the narrator, speaking directly to the reader. The only mention of any dialogue inside the story is the description of the conversation with the white man; the only other voice heard in the entire passage is the quotation of the white man – “to get a breath of fresh air. This passage appears to take place during colonial times, as the white people Blacks Black">black people the narrator encounters appear to be slaves. The speaker seems to be wandering around a construction site for a settlement, on which black “helpers” and “criminals” are working. The mention of a “settlement” and a “station” also gives the idea that the location is in a so-called ‘uncivilized’ country, that is only just beginning to be settled in by white people – perhaps America or Africa.
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The speaker clearly contrasts the black workers with the white man he encounters. In fact, the passage appears to be constructed so that the two are put next to each other and convey this heavy contrast to the reader – it can be assumed that this contrasting impression is the writer’s purpose here. The writer uses many repetitions to place emphasis on his descriptions – he often uses a series of adjectives with similar meanings to describe something vividly. One example of this is “pain, abandonment, and despair. The speaker places a lot of emphasis on how the black workers are wasting away, for example, he uses an alienating overstatement to demonstrate the severity of their state when he says “they were nothing earthly now. ” These people have been reduced to nothing more than “black shadows of disease and starvation” – here, the author uses both a metaphor and personification to add to the impact on the reader. The author uses his descriptions to convey vivid imagery, which emphasizes the contrast he establishes between the black men and the white man.
He appeals especially to the reader’s sense of color by frequently repeating “black” and “white” – “black shapes”, “black shadows”, “black bones”, and “black neck” directly contrast with the “white thread”, “white man”, and “white hand”. The description of the appearance of the white man also contrasts with that of the various states of decay the black workers are in – he is perfectly dressed up and clean – “white cuffs” and “snowy trousers” especially seem to give this impression. The narrator speaks of him as a “vision” and “miracle”, and he seems rather unreal to the reader as well.
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This man also seems to bring up the theme of how important it is to “[keep] up [one’s] appearance. ” – to the reader today, this mention almost brings up a feeling of bitter humor, as it seems like a ridiculous concept to walk around in a “high starched collar” when a few steps away dozens of people are dying. This may convey some of the colonial attitudes of the time. As the passage is told from the point of view of a person in the story, the reader also gets conveyed much of the narrator’s opinions.
One thing that is very noticeable is that while the narrator is “horror-struck” at the sight of the dying people, he never once adopts a tone of pity or evokes a feeling of sympathy – he simply moves on – as if the spectacle, while terrifying, were something natural, and normal. This demonstrates the attitude of the times to the reader – the narrator instead respects the white man with the flawless appearance: “I respected his collars, his vast cuffs, his brushed hair. ” The author not only appeals to the reader’s sense of color, but also to that of hearing.
Upon entering the forest, the speaker hears “an uninterrupted, uniform, headlong, rushing noise” – again, the author has used a series of adjectives to provide a well-rounded description, and here he also uses onomatopoeia with “rushing”. This builds the atmosphere, drawing the reader into the scene. When repeating that the workers in the forest are “black”, the speaker is also distancing himself from them. This point is further emphasized by “you know with them it’s hard to tell”.
This statement also distances the reader from them, and shows that most likely this story was intended for a white audience, which implies that perhaps it was written during colonial times. The breach between black and white people, as well as the awful state the workers are in, is emphasized when the narrator describes one of them crawling to get water on all fours – this conveys an almost animal-like image. The author also uses similes to enrich his description, like “free as air – and nearly as thin”. This adds variation to the writing, and thus serves to draw the reader’s attention.
The author also uses a series of questions to involve the reader – “Why? Where did he get it? Was it a badge – an ornament – charm – a propitiatory act? Was there any idea at all connected with it? ” Despite being about a rather meaningless issue, these questions do get the reader to stop and consider all of these issues, while, once more, establishing a certain distance – these black people are unfamiliar, their actions are strange, their culture different and inexplicable. The author takes care to keep his descriptions varied and filled with interest by using various literary techniques.
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In the first paragraph, for example, he talks about “the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire”, thereby employing personification and giving substance to all of these sins. The devil being known as the supreme tempter adds further dimensions to this, and could almost be seen as a biblical allusion. The language used in this passage is very formal and educated for the most part, this writing is clearly intended for en educated audience. However, at times there are certain deviations, such as the exclamation “by all the stars! ”, which is somewhat more colloquial.
The sentence length varies throughout the passage from very long to very short. In descriptions, series of statements or words are used to emphasize a point, and the author often leaves out “and”, lending a stream-of-consciousness feel to the passage. Instead, many commas are used. “Hair parted, brushed, oiled, under a green-lined parasol” is one example of this. This style almost makes the text appear fragmented into parts, lending a particular rhythm. The shortest sentences are also used to place emphasis on certain points, as they break up the more flowing rhythm of the descriptions and thus draw the reader’s attention. That’s backbone” is and example of this method. Another noticeable feature used by the author in a description is when he describes the forest as “inferno” – the subdued, gloomy atmosphere in the green forest hardly seems to fit most people’s image of how hell would look. This emphasizes to the reader how much the people must be suffering if “inferno” is an appropriate term: the forest appears to be hell on earth, filled with silent sufferers and the sound of the water – everyone in the forest apart from the narrator is “moribund” and will almost surely die.
The theme of slavery here makes another appearance – the workers are now “free as air” and yet the only place they can go is death. The reader is strongly drawn into the atmosphere of this “greenish gloom” in the forest. In this passage, the author has drawn the reader into the scene and involved them into the happenings by telling it from the first-person viewpoint of a character in the story. The author uses this narrator to establish a contrast between the dying black workers and the white man in the scene.
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This could almost be applied as a symbol to all of colonialism – the black people were used and then cast away, and it was a perfectly natural phenomenon. This passage successfully conveys to the reader of today the attitudes of the white people during the time. The author has used vivid descriptions to draw the reader further into the scene and take a part in the happenings. The author is attempting to tell a story directly to the reader, in which he has succeeded – especially by using a first-person narrator addressing the reader directly.