Compare the ways in which language is used for effect in the two texts. Give some examples and analyse the effects

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The two sources that I am going to compare are Source 3 and Source 2. Source 2 is an article aimed for anyone who is interested in swimming or even people who like to read about incredible accomplishments made by other people. The text is formal and is about Philippe Croizon who in 2 years learnt to swim without his limbs. He lost of all of his limbs in 1994 while he was removing a television aerial from a roof and it hit a power line.

However source 3 is a book extract aimed at adults who like reading about geography in general.

The text is formal and is about Christopher Ondaatje who crosses part of Lake Victoria. On his journey there he talks about the spectacular sunrise he sees behind Mwanza. He also talks about the experience with ferry rides and the past experience about one of those ferries going down just outside Mwanza and that people were killed. In comparison with source 3, source 2 is a happier and also more exciting and the reader feels more drawn to the fact that after 16 years after losing all of his limbs, Philippe Croizon crosses Channel than the fact that in source 3 the story is taken more calmly and less exciting to be taking a ferry across the lake.

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Furthermore, in source 2 the contrast between the fact that the man, 2 years ago “could barely swim at all” and him saying after the channel swim “I did it. I’m so happy” is evocative. Moreover, this shows that despite the fact that he lost all of his limbs, he could still do something incredible which occurs at the beginning of the article, engaging the reader and setting a tone of excitement and most of all pride.

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However in source 3, there are only a few evocative moments in the extract – “the fish eagles screeched their mocking cry”, “spectacular sunrise”. However none of which express excitement or pride.

The difference in language used for effect is that in source 3, short sentences are employed to enhance meaning and effect: “an idyllic spot”, “no other sounds”, “spectacular sunrise”, the alliteration of the ‘s’ add an emphasis to the experience of them looking at the sunrise and the reader is able to emphasise with them. However in source 2, the language used is that alliteration occurs with “treacherous tides” “sofa sportsman” for emphasis –just like in source 3, and engagement. Moreover, the similarities between these 2 sources is that they both have an element of drama in the texts. In source 3, we are left with not knowing if they make it across the lake in the ferry because “a year earlier, one of these ferries went down just outside Mwanza, and people were killed” this makes the reader shocked and eager to carry on reading.

However in source 2, the element of drama is when the text explains how the man lost all of his limbs, “Mr Croizon’s legs and lower arms were amputated after he suffered a calamitous electric shock while removing a television aerial from a roof in 1994 when it hit a power line”. This leaves the reader with the unanswered question of how did he manage to do it, which leads into wanting to read the rest of the text. The language used in both texts is formal. The reader is able to read with ease as the texts are informative. In source 2 – “an average channel swimmer takes around eight hours”, “21 miles from Folkestone to the French coast”. In source 3 – “Mwanza, a vibrant African city”, “the people pressed up against the front of the ferry, along the sides and against the rails”

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