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The texts in question are in a way very alike they are both extracts from fictional novels and they were both written in the mid-twentieth century Text B is an extract from Flann OBriens novel The Third Policeman and it deals with an old country road and ponders the role of different kinds of roads and where they might lead The text is probably meant for adults because it is quite philosophical something teenagers might even consider boring The purpose of the text is to entertain and that is accomplished by using bathos-style writing Something as common as a narrow old road in the middle of hills is brought to life and a mysterious and intriguing atmosphere is created around it by describing it with fancy or abnormal words and a poetic style It ran away westwards in the mist of the early morning running cunningly through the little hills and going to some trouble to visit tiny towns which were not strictly speaking on its way The description is also very romantic it paints the reader a clear picture of the hills and small roads Text A is a short extract from On the Road by Jack Kerouac The style is quite different compared to text B this is a main highway in the night going 110 miles an hour past the biggest towns of Nebraska The speed is conveyed into the text by for example using lists A hundred and ten miles an hour straight through an arrow road sleeping towns no traffic and the Union Pacific streamliner falling behind Also the double meaning of an arrow road tells the reader that it is fast but when read out loud it sounds like a narrow road bringing tension to the story The purpose of the text is the same as Text B to entertain it is easy to identify with the characters looking at the town lights out of the car
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