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Paris Commentary Essay

1387 words - 6 pages

The text “See Paris the real Parisians do” is an article from “The Arizona Republic” which was written by Richard Nilsen and published in 2009. The text is a discourse on the subject of the realistic side of Paris. As the text describes what it is like to live in Paris, it allows the audience to “see Paris the way real Parisians do.”

The simplistic diction used by the text targets audiences who never experienced Paris. Thus, audiences who never experienced Paris or its cultural context will be able to understand the text. Since the text is published in the Arizona Republic newspaper, the target audience will be people living in Phoenix, USA due to the fact that Arizona Republic is an ...view middle of the document...

The author achieves this by stating right way that “Paris is a city, not a romantic illusion” (line 4, Nilsen). This bold statement is different from using purely imagery and descriptions because it helps the reader get the message faster. Additionally, later on in the text, this statement is supported by the imagery and descriptions. This statement also grabs the attention of the reader because the reader will wonder why Paris is not romantic since the author assumes that most people think that Paris is romantic.

See Paris the way real Parisians do describes Paris through the perspective of a Paris resident through third person omniscient narrative style. The characters described in the text are the teenagers and the working people. The text also alludes to famous tourist attractions in Paris which includes “Napoleon’s tomb, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Opera and the Louvre” (line 13-14, Nilsen). These allusions are there to contradict the “guidebook Paris” with the “real city” (line 14, Nilsen) to show the working city life in Paris. The author does not describe what these attractions are like, but in contrast, the author described the real lifestyles of Parisian in detail to suggest what the “real city” is like. The components of the text support the text’s purpose of showing the “real city” impression of Paris. Thus, the author’s message is “Paris is a city, not a romantic illusion” (line 4-5, Nilsen). Since most people see Paris as the romantic stereotypical Paris observed in movies, this text and its message is significant to all audiences because it will give the audiences who are interested in Paris the real impression of Paris.

The tone of the text can be seen as admiring, appreciative, earnest, but also pessimistic. The sentence “It is a working city, not a theme park. It has edges, it has smells. It has its crankiness as well as its graces. Yet, Paris is still one of the greatest cities in the world. For some of us, the greatest, no contest” (paragraph 5, Nilsen) gives the reader the realistic image of Paris. The words such as “crankiness” and “smells” which are negative words also give it the pessimistic tone. The text creates its pessimistic tone by contradicting what normal people might think about Paris. Despite the negative tone, the author keeps repeating how graceful Paris is which also gives the text its appreciative and admiring tone. Thus, this makes the reader feel proud if they are from Paris. The readers can also feel grateful because of the beauty described in Paris.

The author uses various stylistic devices which include imagery, onomatopoeia, allusions, symbolism, brackets and signs. “There is traffic, there is noise, there is filth on the streets”( line 6, Nilsen) express Paris through the sense of sight, sound and smell. Imagery is also created through the use of onomatopoeia such as “eee-aaaw, eeee-aaaw” (line 23, Nilsen). In addition, the use of verbs to describe the actions in Paris also...

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