AO2: First Time I met George


The title of this passage is the ‘first time I met George’ written by John Wickham from ‘Meeting in Milkmarket’. The extract is a narrative story written in first person. The narrator is not named in the passage and he describes the first time he met a boy who became his friend at school. The title ‘ The first time I met George’ gives us a clear idea of the extract. The theme of the passage is injustice and friendship. In the beginning of the story the narrator is envious of George. Line16: ” also in me a little envy of his fortune”. The author subjectly influences the reader by intentionally only presenting one side of the argument, which has an effect on the reader. For example line22: ” This seemed a monstrous piece of favoritism”

The purpose of the passage is to entertain as the writer expresses their feelings and experiences. The audience of the passage is a general audience- adults and young adults- anyone who can understand how the context changes from envy to friendship. The attitude of the reader after reading the context will not be amused as to why they ended up as friends as there was no element of surprise throughout the text.
There is a small hint of vernacular vocabulary as some sentences are not structured properly. Line27: ” They put him to sit next to me”. The writer uses standard punctuation like colons and brackets like in line 30:” (in all my school days I never had a whole pencil)” adding emphasis to certain points. The choice of vocabulary was overall simple and that made the passage approachable to wide range of audiences. There was no trace of dialogue in the passage.
Important terms like ‘friends’ and ‘friendship’ are repeated which highlights the theme of friendship. In the end of the story the writer performs a favor to George which leads to their friendship and the writer seemed to be very pleased with himself. Line 33:” I have done nothing in my like since which had pleased me more”.
I believe the writer achieves his purpose to entertain the audience. The writer uses emotive language describing his first impressions of George which appeals to the readers, and invariably appeals to relate to our values and attitudes reminding readers of their first impressions.

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