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The Test" Written By Njabulo Ndebele And The New York Times 2005 World Cup Sports Report.

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Text 1a) is an extract from a short story named "The Test", written by Njabulo Ndebele (1983). It is about a young boy called Thoba and its passion for playing street football with his friends, before he heads home. Text 1b) is a newspaper article (sports report) from the New York Times (2005) which treats the World Cup, a real event happening every four years.Both texts share the theme of football, however they approach this sport in a different manner: Text 1a) is about street football on a local scale while text 1b) is about professional football on an international (world cup) scale.In this commentary we will analyze the global theme of football in the texts using the sub themes of playing football on an international or local scale, and competition.Text 1a) is a short story and text 1b) is a sports report. Text 1a) is therefore fiction, whereas text 1b) is non fiction. Because of the differences in genre, the tone and structure of the texts are also different.When it comes to the structure, 1b) is split into very short paragraphs (giving information on each team), which is a sign that it is a newspaper article. In 1a), there are three longer paragraphs, because the paragraphs follow the events of the narration: L.1 to 9, Thoba's feelings are described. L.9 to 19, the game is described in a very intense tone and L.19 to 26, the game is over and the boys go home.The narrative tone of text 1a) is quite emotional, since it follows the character's feelings. L.2"He shivered briefly, and his teeth chattered for a moment as a cold breeze blew and then stopped." Using sensory images such as "shivered" and "teeth chattered" makes the narration more authentic and the situation more real, by telling how cold Thoba was. It helps us get into the story by making it sound exciting and vivid. It leaves the reader the impression that he is part of the game. It is not the same tone in text 1b), which is detached and less intense. In text 1b), feelings are not described. However the uses of the following nouns and adjectives to describe the teams show that the tone is quite enthusiastic: "leading candidates", "best team", "strongest Brazilian national team" "best chance", "most talented roster in decades", "mighty Brazilians". Therefore although their tones are different both texts give a cheerful idea of football.Text 1a) is from a third point of view, although it follows the emotions of the Thoba character. The author is omniscient. Text 1b) also is from a third point of view, the point of view of a journalist. The journalist's point of view is supposed to be objective. He has to report the situation without showing his preferences. In text 1a), the author is free of putting himself in the character's mind, and so it is not objective.Text 1a) seems more "human": the reader can relate to the character's feelings because it is a narrative text. Text 1b) is informative, it is meant to be fair to all of the football teams.Text 1a) and 1b) are different when it...

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