We had to work in pairs in an unseen essay practice. I was with Cata. The following is our essay.
How do the writer’s words make you feel about Robert and the way he behaves towards Colin and Mary?
In the following essay I am going to analyze how the writer’s words make readers feel about Robert and about the way he behaves towards Colin and Mary.
Firstly, I will mention and describe the writer’s descriptions towards Robert. It says that Robert was a “…squat figure…”, “He was shorter than Colin, but his arms were exceptionally long and muscular.”, “…The backs covered with matted hair.” This descriptions give us an uncomfortable impression, likely of a bouncer, a violent person. Not someone with good intentions. A sense of insecurity, intimidation fills the atmosphere.
Secondly, I will analyse the way Colin and Mary react to him. As Robert wants to take them to a good place he knows to eat, he gets very excited and starts to make the tourist couple feel uncomfortable. He grabs them and pushes them. Colin here “…[tries] to detach his wrist without appearing violent.” As Robert doesn’t seem to understand “Mary [speaks] to him as to a child. `Robert, let go of my hand´.” In a moment, since Robert was really excited and didn’t actually understood Colin and Mary didn’t want to be treated that way, “Collin pulled Robert to a halt and jerked his hand free”. After this, Mary and Colin walked “…distanced from Robert.”
Finally, we can see how the writer’s descriptions and the way the couple reacts, creates a feeling or atmosphere of tension. We can notice that through the following quotes. “…trying to detach his wrist…”; “…Robert began to pull them back down the street.” That action gives tension to the atmosphere, being controlled, being forced to do something. In a moment Colin gets angry and said to Robert in an almost violent way “`And you’d better let go of me too´” so Robert would let go of Colin’s hand. Also, it mentions nearly to the end that they were dragged to an “..alley…”. This is a very intrusive place to be, more with a person who you don’t know. Tension appears there again. It appears a lot throughout the text.
In conclusion, throughout this essay you could notice how the writer makes the readers feel about Robert by describing him and the actions he gets involved and the conversation that holds with Colin and Mary. Very tense, intimidating and uncomfortable.