Write About the Significance of Descriptive Language as It Is Used by Sebastian Faulks in Birdsong

854 Words Apr 17th, 2012 4 Pages
I
think
that
the
most
significant
pieces
of
description
in
Birdsong
are
those
of
 war, human
suffering
and
degradation,
and
I
think
that
Faulks
uses
them
to
 shock, and
also
to
tell
part
of
the
story
that
could
only
be
achieved
in
this
way.
I
 think that
it
allows
the
reader
to
create
imagery
whilst
reading,
and
I
feel
that
in
 the case
of
characters,
such
as
the
creating
of
the
character
of
Elizabeth,
it
 enforces an
opinion
and
emotion
on
that
character.
However,
in
the
case
of
the
 introduction of
Stephen,
I
feel
that
it
is
not
what
Faulks
includes,
but
what
he
 does not
include
that
most
builds
the
character
of
Stephen
Wraysford.
I
think
 that another
reason
why
Faulks
is
able
to
use
description
in
Birdsong
to
such …show more content…
She
could
not
 see how
any
of
these
three
logical
steps
implied
a
violent
rejection
of
men
or
 children. Also,
a
part
of
his
use
of
description
is
in
foreshadowing
the
events
that
are
 about to
take
place.
An
example
of
this
is
when
Stephen
visits
the
Boulevard
du

Cange;
during
the
whole
description,
the
reader
knows
the
violence
and
 destruction that
is
about
to
take
place
there,
and
I
think
that
it
really
contrasts
 with the
more
peaceful
and
calm
tone
that
Faulks
is
using,
for
example,
when
he
 says “Behind
the
gardens,
the
River
Somme
broke
into
the
small
canals
which
 were the
picturesque
feature
of
the
Saint‐Leu”.
I
think
that
this
symbolizes
the
 dramatic changes
that
are
constantly
taking
place
throughout
the
novel.

 Another
example
of
Faulks
using
description
to
foreshadow
events,
and
I
think
in
 this case
also
represent
underlying
feelings
and
relationships
is
the
rather
 detailed description
of
the
Azaire’s
home,
and
the
impression
it
has
on
Stephen.

For
example,
he
describes
the
front
of
the
house
as
having
“a
strong
and
formal
 front”; I
think
that
not
only
is
it
describing
the
bold
and
almost
domineering
and
 aggressive stance
the
house
has,
but
it
could
also
represent
Azaire
and
his
 constant longing
for
power
and
control,
and
thirdly,
I
think
that
the
word
“front”
 is also
a
very
key
part
of
the
sentence,
because
you
could
read
it
as
meaning
“act”
 which would
then
represent
the
“strong
and

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