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Chapter 8. Thinks… By David Lodge. GIUSY SAVINO. Denotative analysis. The 8th chapter opens with extracts from the students’ stories: Everybodies answer to the professor’s question, each one in a different way. What is it Like to be a Freetail Bat? By M*rt*n Am*s

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Thinks by david lodge

Chapter 8

Thinks…

By

David Lodge

GIUSY SAVINO


Thinks by david lodge

Denotative analysis

  • The 8th chapter opens with extracts from the students’ stories:

  • Everybodies answer to the professor’s question, each one in a different way.

  • What is it Like to be a Freetail Bat? By M*rt*n Am*s

  • He/She answers the teacher’s question. He/She identifies with a bat and tells about her/his day.

  • He/She speaks about the mating of the bat and his role as a nocturnal predator.


Thinks by david lodge

Denotative analysis

  • What is it Like to be a Vampire Bat? By Irv*ne W*lsh

  • He/She is identified in a person who is in a cave with other people and has a meeting with a vampire bat.

  • What is it Like to be a Blind Bat? By S*m**l B*ck*tt

  • He/She is identified in a bat.As a matter of fact he/shedescribes every sentations and emotion when the bat flies away in the darkness and when he/she remembers when his/her mother took him/her with her when she went hunting in her pouch.


Thinks by david lodge

Characters

  • M*rt*n Am*s

  • Irv*ne W*lsh

  • S*lm*n R*shd**

  • S*m**l B*ck*tt

The students who write the novels


Thinks by david lodge

Setting

  • Every story has a different background:

  • The first speaks about the tipical day of a bat, in the night.

  • The second is set in a cave.

  • The third is set in the Surya Deula temple at Konarak, on the Bay of Bengal.

  • The fourth is set in the dark. The narrator does not tell the reader the exact location where the story is set.


Thinks by david lodge

Narrative technique

The narrator uses extracts from the students’ works where the reader can recognize the different students’ views on the title

The language is simple and straightforward; free direct style is used.

It helps the reader identify oneself with the students’ products and make their thoughts and ideas simple.


Thinks by david lodge

Story line implications

The use of the extracts is interesting because it lets the different points of view of the students about the professor’s questions come to surface.

It's funny to study and see the different ways of answering a question.

It shows that everybody has his own way of perceiving and thinking but above all, everybody has his method of reasoning and conjecture fantastic adventures and stories based only on one’s fantasy.


Thinks by david lodge

New words I learnt

To hang = appendere

To wink = battere le palpebre

Crevice = fessura, crepa

Eaves = cornicione

Ceiling = soffitto

Likewise = altrettanto

Faulty = difettoso

Blip = puntino, segnale sonoro

Pedestal = basamento

Basin = bacinella

Stain-less = senza macchia

Lured = adescato

To squeak = guaire, squittire


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