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CHM101H1 Study Guide - Preterm Birth

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Sathya Sivapathasundaram
Tuesday 12th, 2011
Day: 2
Role #1: Literary Critic
i. “He was an odd-looking little mortal, with an unusually big of them were reach-me-
downs from Baptist families, and because his mother was so unhandy they always had
holes in them and were raveled at the edges and ill-buttoned. He had a lot of curly
brown hair, because his mother kept begging Amasa Demptster to put off the terrible
day when Paul would go to Myron Papple for the usual boy’s scalping. His eyes
seemed big in his little face, and certainly they were unusually wide apart, and looked
dark because his thin skin was so white.” (Davis 33)
The tool that was being used in this selection from the novel is vivid description because the
author uses precise language to explain how Paul physically appeared. As a reader, I found it
very effective because I am very inquisitive when I read and I was desperately looking
forward to how this four year old appeared due to his premature birth to this world and how
the society looked upon him.
ii. There was no sense in envying him; he had the hands and I had not, and although
there were times when I considered killing him, just to rid the world of a precious
nuisance, I could not overlook that fact. “ (Davis 33)
The tool that was used in this selection is character development. This quote helps develop
Dunstan’s character because it shows that although Paul, a ten year old child, is able to
perform astonishing tricks, Dunstan did not envy this. Although Dunstan was stunned he did
not discourage Paul just because he was not able to do those tricks. This had impacted the
reader because as a reader I get more information on how the characters are and their
personalities. It shows how Dunstan is not envious or vain.
iii. He left the church without any prospects, a crazy and disgraced wife, a delicate child,
and six dollars in cash. There were several men who wanted to do something for him,
but the opinion of their wives made it impossible.” (Davis 43)
In this section, the author uses the tool of tone to highlight the disgrace that Mr. Dempster
had to face. Throughout the novel Mr. Dempster impressed the community due to his
prestigious job as Deptford’s Baptist Minister. However, after one hideous incident,
everything had changed. When Mrs. Dempster slept with a tramp the community came to a
conclusion that she was mentally ill, and as a result Mr.Dempster had resigned his job. It also
relates to the society that we live in. When an individual is convicted of a mistake their family
in most cases is excluded and not recognized as equal members of the society.
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