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Text analysis The story by Katherine Manfield entitled Sixpence tells us about the every day situation when parents are educating their children by means of physical punishment The question which is raised by the author definitely is Should children be whipped The text starts from the general introduction using a statement of general truths which in a result may be called the question of the whole text Why should a small boy like Dicky good as gold as rule sensitive affectionate obedient and marvelously sensible for his age have moods when without the slightest warning he suddenly went mad dog as his sisters called it and there was no doing anything with him After that goes body of the text where the action takes place 1Dickys mother presses her husband to whip Dicky 2The act of punishment 3The feel of remorse The text finished with a rhetoric question But could even that - could even a whole sixpence - blot out what had been The author leaves the reader with unanswered question It makes us to go over the story in our minds again and then get more from it The story is a third person narration The author is an omniscient narrator as he often represents inner speech of the character which usually is even more important to the reader because helps to understand the character more effectively rather than the character might say in a dialogue Example of fathers represented inner speech My God what a life Good God What had he done Horray that is what youve come to The vocabulary of the text is stylistically very bright There are a lot of dialogues in the text that is why the characters use slangy swearing words eg Coward Fool Brute Good God fill-in words eg Well exclamation words eg Ah Eh All the above mentioned features are the evidence that the author wanted to imitate spontaneous oral speech establish colloquial
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