Jun 13, 2016 - Communication    No Comments

Kamikaze – Beatrice Garland

During the Second World War, the term ‘kamikaze’ was used for Japanese fighter pilots who were sent on suicide missions. They were expected to crash their warplanes into enemy warships. The word ‘kamikaze’ literally translates as ‘divine wind’. The divine wind could mean the godlike wind showing their respect in being holy.

I think the man can see death coming and decides not to take his own life.

His family don’t treat him the same as he didn’t show honour for his country they now see him as a coward who backed down in a crucial moment.

The poet meant he is dead to the family and they hate him and she means would he rather he died with honour and have love and respect of his family than come home and be dead to his family while living.


May 17, 2016 - Communication    No Comments

Comparative Essay



In my essay I will be comparing power in two poems, Simon Armitage’s – Remains & Carol Ann Duffy’s – War Photographer. These two poems both show the power of guilt as both characters in the poem have demoralising jobs involving conflict. I will also discuss the contrast in power in both poems.

In Simon Armitage’s Remains we see the power of assumption as the officer does not know whether the robber is armed or not however makes his own choice in shooting the man. This is seen when ‘Probably armed, possibly not’ is written by the poet. This is the power of assumption as it shows us that he didn’t have second thoughts of shooting the robber. He did not know whether he was armed or not but still shot the bank robber. The assumption is powerful as it is a matter of life and death and he chose death despite not being certain. In a sense, this is also highlights the officer abuses his authority. The word ‘probably’ tells us that the character thinks that the bank robber is most likely to be armed. The word ‘possibly’ tells me that it could be an ‘armed’ robber. The order in which the poet chose to put the words in this phrase is significant because it shows the character’s first thoughts were that the robber was more likely to be armed. The power of assumption is shown where the man has the mentality which let him just make a possible bad decision all down to instinct. Here we see that the police officer is not considerate and could easily make him feel regretful after shooting the ‘possibly’ armed man.

Similarly, In Carol Ann Duffy’s War Photographer, the protagonist also has a job surrounding power. The protagonist in War Photographer has power as he has to go to war zones and take pictures of those that suffer without being able to help. We see this when ‘spools of suffering [are] set out in ordered rows.’ This tells us that some deaths are more important than others determined on the fact whether they are powerful images or not. Out of these only one or two will be picked for the newspaper. The word ‘spool’ shows us that there is more than one photograph which itself suggests the war holds many casualties.

In Simon Armitage’s Remains we also see the power of guilt as the man is constantly plagued about the crucial decision of killing the ‘possibly’ armed robber. We see this when ‘the drink and drugs won’t flush him out’ this shows the police officer is feeling guilty as he is trying to ‘flush’ away the memory by drinking excessively as well as abusing drugs. The word ‘flush’ suggests the protagonist is trying to get rid of a wasteful memory that he no longer wants. This can show the man feels he has made a bad choice which now affects him mentally. The poet then goes on to say ‘ he’s here in my head when I close my eyes stuck in behind enemy lines’. Here we see the poet use rhythm to give a serious thing a less serious metrical pattern. But this pattern also shows the guilt in a less serious way. The man can’t get this out of his mind even though drinking and using drugs to attempt to delete the memory.

In the poem ‘War Photographer’ we see also see the power surrounding the protagonists job. We see this when ‘A hundred agonies in black and white from which his editor of 5 or 6’. This shows the power of his job as he is solely responsible for what agonies are shown in the media. This can show the power surrounding his job and the danger doing it. The word ‘agonies’ shows the pain of  those that are photographed. The image created is a dark one showing that the photographer is scarred because of all the things he has seen while in the dangerous war zones. The photographer has taken many photos. We see this when he says ‘a hundred agonies in black and white’ the power is shown here as he has taken many photos but only ‘5 or 6’ will make the front page implying that thebmost gruesome or touching deaths are superior to the others that don’t feature in the paper.

In Simon Armitage ‘s Remains we see the power of regret. This can be seen in the quote ‘I see broad daylight on the other side’  The robber is killed by the gunshots that the police fire at him, and with the bullets that go into him. They can see the broad daylight through him where bullets have gone through his body. The poet uses a prosonification before this quote. ‘I see every round as it rips through his life’ this shows the damage done to the man and the ending of his life. This is a use of figurative language used to show that the mans body is torn apart and his life ends, but you can’t literally see something rip through a life. The poet says this to emphasise the impact bof the bullets on the robber.

In War Photographer we see the power of war. It can be very hard to use to relate ourselves with suffering as it is out of our comfort zones and likely to make us feel sad and guilty. Duffy creates a very strong image which many wouldn’t want to see. We see this when the poet says we live by ‘fields of running children in a nightmare heat. This image is useful as when we usually think of kids running it is an image of fun. We also would think of children as innocent and notbdeserving of suffering. However Duffy says running in a nightmare heat. This leaves the decision of us imagining it ourselves as she doesn’t tell us exactly what she means. Leaving it up to us. We assume children are also affected by the suffering in war.

My final conclusion on the two poems are that they have many similarities, however they contrast as both show power but in different ways. For example they both show power surrounding the protagonists job and how both are very dangerous. But both are guilty of different things despite just doing their jobs, in Remains we see a police officer make an assumption take fire and live in regret. He tries to flush away the pain by abusing drugs and alcohol however he has feelings and morals. We see in War Photographer it is not quite the same the protagonist doing his job is demoralised to war and does not seem to have any emotions left in him as he has seen it all. The photographer has to take pictures of those dead or in need of aid without helping. Sometimes even seeing kids in pain. The photographer becomes heartless where as the police officer in Remains has a guilty conscience and knows although it is his job it is hard to live knowing you have killed someone. We know he is a hundred percent guilty as he walks past the area of crime scene a pictures a shadow of where the robber was slain. I think that the more effective poem is Duffy’s as it shows how the photographer is desensitised  to war. This is effective as we see that someone can literally become emotionless due to the power of conflict. The power of the photgraphers job is shown better in War Photgrapher as Duffy uses good techniques. For example she bucket lists countries ‘Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh’ the short and snappy full stops suggests that all these locations are just a holiday for the protagonist. Both poems show the harsh reality of something seemed to be so simple a job right? However sometimes a job can scar you physically and mentally.

Apr 14, 2016 - Communication    No Comments

How is class in Blood Brothers portrayed?

Class in Blood Brothers are shown in act one as we see Miss.Lyons a upper class lady in a big house hire a single mother from down the road. The single mother from down the road has seven children and called Ms.Johnstone. Willy tells us she’s a single mother when ‘once I had a husband’ is sung by Ms.Johnstone in the play showing us her husband left. We find out she has twins on the way. We also see one speaks more formal in the text which of whom is Miss.Lyons we see  Miss Johnstones speech in the text say ‘complainin” without the g to emphasise the the way she speaks. This suggests that she is less educated.

Feb 21, 2016 - Examinations, Homework    No Comments

Behind The Beautiful Forever’s Essay.

  1. Essay: How is Mumbai presented through the perspective of Abdul, Asha and Sunil?

My essay will be about the three perspectives of three less fortunate people in modern India. These three characters are Asha, Abdul and Sunil. All three characters live in an Annawadian slum. All of them make money in various different ways. Asha, Abdul and Sunil all have different jobs, this is why they all have different perspectives. Abdul and Sunil are both young and friends, they both are involved in some sort of scavenging where garbage is stolen and sold to sell for a profit as some materials may be worth a lot. Asha, however, is a grown adult with children and is a potential slum-lord in Mumbai. Asha makes money from fraud. We the reader can see similarities in the characters as every character is responsible for providing for their families. They may be described as ‘breadwinners’. In this essay I will write about all three characters perspectives of their views on Annawadi, Mumbai.

Abdul’s family is one of few Muslim families in the community. This makes Abdul’s family outcasts to Hindu society in India. This can be seen when “strapping boys began playing cricket on the maidan, aiming their drives at Abdul’s sorted piles, and sometimes his head” Here we see Hindu boys gang up on Abdul violently due to his belief. The word ‘drive’ shows that the Hindu boys show bad intentions when hitting the ball. This clearly shows the friction between the Hindus and Muslims in the Mumbai slum. Hindus dislike Abdul for his ‘unclean’ earnings as he makes money through the garbage industry. People of Annawadi see Abdul’s earnings unclean as he is Muslim and they don’t respect that religion. They also despise the fact his family are one of the more wealthier families in the slum despite being Muslim. We see this when Katherine Boo tells us that ‘another year’ brought ‘more of a home to live in’. The house now has ‘scraps of aluminium’ which made the house one of the ‘sturdiest dwellings in the row’. This quotation clearly indicates how the money earned improved the state of where he lives, however, those around him don’t have the same privilege.

Asha’s family is one of three, she has a son: Rahul and a daughter Manju. Asha is a single mother who provides very well for herself and her two children. She is a Hindu living in the slum and is one of the more stable families in Annawadi. She makes money doing fraud and also teaching.  She is aware of the big money investments opposite the slum, seeing new skyscrapers overlooking the airport from the run down slum. She describes what she thinks about this to her two children: “Corruption it is all corruption” The repetition of the word corruption is key here, as it emphasizes Asha’s perspective on corruption in Mumbai. She clearly feels like something could be done to help the less fortunate that live in the slum, as India is one of the most economic thriving countries in the world.

Sunil’s perspectives are similar to Abdul’s as they are involved in the same business in terms of money making; they are both involved in the garbage industry and are both breadwinners for their families. Sunil is determined to make money and help his family ensure there is food on the table daily. Boo shows us his determination: “To jumpstart his system he would have to become a better scavenger.” Here the word ‘jumpstart’ suggests that Sunil is like a machine, designed solely for scavenging. This suggests Sunil’s life is repetitive; machines are built to do the same things over and over again.

Abdul isn’t a nosy neighbour, he goes about his business and keeps himself to himself, despite the Hindu boys bothering him. Abdul’s thoughts are the ‘better I know you, the more you will dislike me. So let us keep to ourselves’. This shows that Abdul isn’t troublesome and tries to just do his job. We see how Abdul is focused and does not intend to make friends, but do what is required to help him and his family.

Despite having thoughts of the country being corrupt, Asha thinks there is a brighter side to her that can see the ‘obvious truth that Mumbai was a hive of hope and ambition’. This metaphor shows that all the bees in the hive (humans in Mumbai) all have to produce honey no matter what. In Asha’s case, her honey is money.  This shows that she knows anything can happen despite coming from a rough place. Asha sees and takes the opportunities given to her, although her circumstances are not the greatest. The description of Mumbai being a hive is also important as it shows Mumbai as a dense place where there is not much space. A beehive is small and not spacious so when Boo describes Mumbai as a hive she is comparing the slum to a place with no space. Previously we are told the slum is small as in the opening paragraph when the slum is described as ‘bitty’.

In conclusion, all three characters have similar perspectives but different lifestyles. We see that all three characters are hardworking and are the breadwinners for their families. All three characters have big ambitions due to their circumstances. The fact they have less opportunity probably drives them to make something better of their life making money than just complaining about the slum. All three see the slum as a place they can make money regardless of the lack of jobs available. I believe all three aspire to get out of the slum once they make enough money.


Sep 4, 2012 - Communication    No Comments

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