Canadian Winter | Story analysis

Text A is a short story called “Canadian Winter” about a character named Colin McKenzie who is battling his way home through the winter storm. The purpose of the text is to entertain the targeted audience teenagers or people who dislike the winter as well.

In Text A the narrator uses similes in declarative sentences such as: “Colin McKenzie tried to sink deeper into his parka like a cat snuggling into a warm wool.”, or “… The wind bites into you like an angry bear clawing through your skin (ouch!)”.

The effect of this is how it makes the language more descriptive and the reader more engaged as it creates vivid images in their head, giving the reader a feeling of being present in the story.

The character’s attitude becomes apparent already in the first sentence from the use of the dynamic verb “snuggling” that has connotations to warmth and comfort the opposite of winter where one may think of death, or despair.

The semantic field in Text A is religion. For an example in the declarative sentence: “God save us from the Canadian Winter”.

The pronoun God has connotations to religion, safety, and hope, relating to the declarative sentence where the main character Colin asks God to save him from the winter, representing the winter as the enemy using personification.

The noun enemy in relation to religion gives the connotation Devil.

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