The text under analysis “Doreen Pope” is a type of publicistic writing, feature article. The author M. Loudon managed to make this text informative and entertaining for the reader. The article concentrates on an interesting theme. The theme of the article is about the role of a teacher in the system of education in GB. The author embodies the theme into incomparable character. The story reveals the image of ideal teacher. M. Loudon convinces us of the importance of the teacher’s role for children.
This important idea that the author expresses in the process of developing the theme is the message of the story. The theme is organically connected with the message. And M. Loudon places the main point very appropriately. It has a complex character is created with the help of interaction of implications and develops further. Sufficient arguments, details and examples support the main idea. “Miss Pope was an enormous success with the children because she had a genuine affinity with them.
She also had an unpretentious disregard for the formal”. The author uses references effectively and her reasoning sounds very logically and convincing. “Miss Pope believed that children only learnt self-worth and corporate responsibility through recognition of their gifts, however insignificant they might have seemed in scholastic terms: so while she was appreciate of talent and enthusiasm, it was those who were shy, or obstreperous, or who found reading or writing is difficult, which whom she spent the most time.”
Such cohesive devices as “practically, so, also, indeed, just, however” within the paragraphs and the repetition the main character’s name between them catch the reader’s attention, give more prominence to the words. Implication is conveyed by different techniques, artistic details, arrangement of plot structure and images. With the help of it the writer achieved her main purpose. M. Loudon informs the reader about educational system in GB, convinces us of the importance of the role of a teacher. She makes us feel sympathy to the main character and respect her strong personality.
M. Loudon reminds us about eternal values and morals in our life. The style of presentation of these ideas is appealing and appropriate for the situation. “Practically, no one reading this will have of Miss Pope. Her greatness is no obvious and it has never been documented. ” Using not very formal style the writer involves us to the situation, invites to an open dialog, creates free and trust atmosphere. The author’s attitude to the character determines the tone of the story. Tone expresses the relationship between the author and the character.
It is sympathetic, cheerful, and enthusiastic. M. Loudon resorts to emotionally colored words, such as “cheerful”, “jolly”, “brisk”, “great”. An extensive image of the character is created by similes “Miss Pope and Sheena as the Madonna and Child in Renaissance Europe” epithets: “wholesome woman”, “unobtrusive clothes”, “sensible shoes”, “affectionate woman”, “insatiable sense of humor”. Metaphors: “she never lost her cool”, antitheses: “from sunny childhood to dark adolescence” Intensifiers, such as: “completely different tot us”, “such an aloof dog”.
Polysyndeton: “she had an insatiable sense of humor and a huge, rotund laugh, and she never failed to reward even the dullest anecdote. ” The use of low-colloquial words intensifies the contrast; make a parallel between primary and secondary school: “fuck off, posh bitch” The writer applies contrast, parallel structure, framing to visualize the article. The use of these means produces a humorous effect and testifies to the inventiveness and wit of the author. The title of the article catches our attention, gives prominence to the main character due to capitalization.
The title is the name of the character that emphasizes its importance in the article, defines sympathetic feelings of the author, and arouses reader’s interest to it. The article raises important and interesting themes. It forces us to be involved in the problem of the role of a teacher. Teacher is a guide, is an inspirer, is a monitor, is a friend, is a second mother, and is a mentor, who teaches simple, but timeless and good values. And M. Loudon was succeeded in paying tribute to an inspirational teacher and created a hymn to a teacher.
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