No Ten By Allan Baillie Essay

1319 Words Sep 7th, 2014 6 Pages
The short story ‘Only Ten’ by Allan Baillie is a heart touching novel which relates to a 10 year old kids called Hussein ‘The Shah’. In the story, the protagonist Hussein is a refugee who has come to Australia from a war zone country. He is an intruder at his new school, where he is seen differently by other kids in both appearance and behaviour. As the time passes Hussein makes the first move towards acceptance when he offers comfort and sympathy to a fellow students whose sister has died. As his confidence grows, he begins to reveal his solders wounds. In the text, the author has used language features and such as figurative devices such as to enhance the story within itself. These techniques are used to aids in the experience of the reader to imagine and reflect on the text. The intention of this paper is to discuss ‘how does the Authors use of the structures and features of the text effect the reader’s experience of the text?’
The language technique of imagery has played an important role within the text “Only Ten”. This technique is used by the author ‘Allan Baillie’ to evoke a mental picture of the scene using various literary devices such as the metaphors, allusions, descriptive language and onomatopoeia. The imagery makes a piece of work more realistic and helps the reader to visualise and experience the authors writing in depth. An example of imagery is when Baillie writes “The main scar, a bloodless seam, ran from his right shoulder to his left…

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