A Comparison of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, Passage to India by E.M. Foster, and When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
The three extracts I have chosen are all written in a relatively
similar style, I am rather partial to this style, ergo the motive for
choosing them. This will however, make contrasting them a little
harder, however I believe that the consequent refined subtleties will
provide a more interesting essay. Let us hope so.
To provide a suitable structure from which to analyse less obvious
comparisons, something of the author's contextual intentions must be
made apparent. Style lends itself well to this.
When observing the three extracts we conclude that all three have a
similar style. From this we mean that they have the same approach and
method of conveying their intensions, whatever they may be. The three
extracts vary in the amount of description they use; they do this in
relation to their period, the earliest using the most and so forth, at
first indicating a difference in style. A more convoluted language
used with Tmotf (The Mill On The Floss) becoming sparser through Pti
(Passage to India), and then Wwwo (When We Were Orphans) although this
is true and a contrast is observed we also note that they are three
very descriptive passages, not only from their own periods but also,
in subtle comparison to each other. Tmotf is a descriptive extract in
its own right, an extensive use of adjectives proving this.
'stretching their red-brown sails close among the branches of the
However, the other two extracts are equally descriptive. They both
give the reader an unnecessary amount of information for the extract
to progress as a narrative, thus meriting it description and allowing
it to compare on a stylistic level with Tmotf.
Another stylistic contrast is the amount of factual information made
use of. EM Forster greatly outdoes Eliot and Ishiguro in the substance
of fact he writes. He extends a large amount of information to the
reader, occasionally slipping them a point of view.
'two hundred years ago it lay on the road between upper India, then
This use of information gives us an insight as to the objective of
Forster. Not only does he wish to give us a picture of India, he
wishes to give evidence of his opinion of it; he does this from a
historical aspect and a social.
'So abased, so monotonous is everything that meets the eye,'
As he views India from the perspective of an Englishman, he sees it in
a very English light this being the reason for the judgments he tries
to justify. Wwwo and particularly Tmotf do not use this amount of
information. On the one hand this is because they are not dealing with
such a subject, India, and on the other hand because they are more
concerned with detail in narrative and...