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Compare The Perspectives Of E.M. Forster And H.V. Morton As Revealed In The Account Of Their Travels In "The Hill Of Devi"And "In The Footsteps Of The Master" Respectively.

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Both authors convey their experiences whilst travelling in very different ways, creating a distinctive pattern that allows the reader to trace the differences between the two books and compare them accordingly. Though both books share the theme of travelling, the inner content reveals that both authors have a different approach to writing their books, from which I can compare how effective each method has been Not only do both authors write upon the views or sights they have witnessed in the country they have visited, but throughout both books there are digressions providing personal reactions and conveying emotions that build up the sense of the authors character, allowing the reader to relate to their opinions and way of thinking. Both authors have produced equally worthwhile travelogues, however, using two entirely different methods.The structure of the two books defines the way in which the authors have decided to portray their experiences. H.V. Morton uses first person throughout his book whereas E.M. Forster uses a variety of first and third person. Initially I did not regard this as much of a difference, until it became obvious how the first person created a sense of being involved, participating alongside the author, whereas with the use of third person there was a greater distance between myself as a reader and the book. The fact that E.M. Forster recounts two visits to Palestine which is one continuous journey without any intention to return. Both novels begin very differently. "The Hill of Devi" begins with a letter home, interspersed with comments on his whereabouts, the people he has met and is going to be travelling along with, and peculiar references to the food he is provided with. However, "In the Steps of the Master" starts with a more composed and serene introduction, beginning with the train journey to Palestine, which I thought had a greater resonance stressing the notion of beginning a journey. It can be argued that E.M. Forster's introduction of letters in his book is a key narrative device, however I personally feel sceptical and negative towards his use of such letters. I feel that he could have found another way of retelling his letters instead of dwelling upon them throughout the book.Imagery and tone is used differently by both authors. E.M. Forster describes everything with hints of sarcasm or in a comical light:"...the road was straight and rough and edged with small dreary treesand we passed a dead cow round which vultures were gathering."This detail of a cow within eyeshot ultimately shatters the impression of the elegance to the scenery. However H.V. Morton takes immense pride in what he observes and makes certain that he expresses what he sees in the most elaborate terms. Though this can be regarded as highly effective in the short term, I found it tended to become repetitive and, eventually, it no longer appealed to me as much. Richly evocative images, such as the following, abound:"The palm trees might be cut...

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