Ms Austen previously caused heart-palpitations and a slew of gasms with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility which left me spent like a cheap nickel.
Interestingly, although you will be asked to write a description, in the real world, no writer ever does. This is because description is not a purpose but a tool to help achieve a purpose. For example, description is a key part of writing that entertains such as story-telling and poems; but it is also an important part of explanatory and persuasive writing.
Description is important because it works to stimulate its reader's imagination, causing them to feel engaged enjoyably with what they are reading. It can help its reader sense and even feel a part of a scene being described.
To stimulate a reader's imagination, descriptive language needs to be focused on the senses, thus it is sometimes called sensory description. This kind of writing is said to create imagery in the reader's mind, which means that they are brought to feel that they can sense the thing being described.
Here are some examples of sensory description. Notice the way each creates a sense of imagery - and also notice how certain words are very 'expressive' in their meaning as well as the writer's use of figurative language such as simile and metaphor.
Below is a brief extract from writer Bruce Chatwin's book, In Patagonia. Look closely at the writing - can you work out his methods?
Notice how he gives his reader a sense that he is showing the woman he's describing, rather than merely telling the reader.
This is a key aspect of effective descriptive writing: She was waiting for me, a white face behind a dusty window. She smiled, her painted mouth unfurling as a red flag caught in a sudden breeze. Her hair was dyed dark-auburn. Her legs were a Mesopotamia of varicose veins.
She still had the tatters of an extraordinary beauty. She had been making pastry and the grey dough clung to her hands. Her blood-red nails were cracked and chipped. What might you see, touch, smell, taste and hear?
Here are some ideas: It works, doesn't it? And you can make it work for you. Use sensory description - and figurative language, too, such as similes and metaphors. Imagine yourself to be a kind of 'human video camera'!
With your searching zoom lens you are going to 'record' what was in the particular scene or situation the question asks you to describe:Description is a very useful and important style of writing and one that you need to master as it will crop up in your GCSE exam (often in Paper 1, Section B).
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Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - Throughout history the idea of the hero or heroine has changed, but some common attributes remain. The hero claims Bill Butler: “is an archetypal figure, a paradigm who bears the possibilities of life, courage, love – the indefinable’s which themselves define our human lives”.
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