Roald Dalh.docx - 1 LITERARY ANALYSIS THE BICYCLE AND THE SWEET-SHOP Lizeth Castillo Mise 20161165501 1 INTRODUCTION “And above all watch with

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1 LITERARY ANALYSIS: THE BICYCLE AND THE SWEET-SHOP Lizeth Castillo Mise 20161165501 1. INTRODUCTION “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl, n.d Many people and especially children know Roald Dahl for his children's stories and only then is he remembered as an author of adults' literature. Author of multiple short stories, he also wrote a compilation of his own life stories, in this case, “Boy: tales of childhood” (1984) is the best example of what was previously stated. In the book, Dahl systematically described some of his remarkable memories as a child, into a chronological sequence, juxtapose them to his life and emphasize the moments, which correspond with his personal experience, and the ones that I consider to have been written solely from his imagination. In this paper, it will be addressed just one story from the book, which is entitled “The bicycle and the sweet-shop” to critically analyze the elements from the reading. Thus, the pragmatic competence (the application of world knowledge, knowledge of linguistic context and schematic knowledge) and a sociolinguistic competence (interpret the social meaning for the
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2 communication situation) [ CITATION Cas14 \p 26 \l 9226 ] can be placed within the analysis exercise of the chapter. Besides, three chapters from The Art of Fiction (1991-1992) by David Lodge will be part of this analysis. Lodge portrayed a literary criticism upon one aspect of the art of fiction, comprising some fifty topics. Every chapter also quotes a passage from classic or modern literature that embodies the technique or topic at hand, making it easier for readers’ task to comprehend the key points of the chapters. Among the authors, he cites to illustrate his points are Jane Austen, J. D. Salinger, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf. Some of the topics that Lodge analyzed, and that are going to be addressed in this paper for the analysis of Roald Dahl’ “The bicycle and the sweet-shop” are: Beginning (the first chapter), Point of view (sixth chapter) and the Sense of Place (twelfth chapter), illustrated by examples in where the specific features appear. Finally, at the end of this paper, a paragraph with the conclusion will be presented, to consider the shift in the perspective suffered before the reading and analysis exercise. Thus, this process aims to make connections from Roald Dahl chapter, considering the text- to-text (connecting big ideas and themes across texts), the text to the world (connecting real-world happenings to texts), and the text to the self (connecting personal experience to the text) as comprehension strategies. [ CITATION Dra10 \p 3 \l 9226 ] 2. DEVELOPMENT Beginning: The beginning of a story is widely conceived as challenging to write since it states where the reader decides whether to keep reading. In other words, “the beginning of a novel is a
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