Reading Assessment: Michael Morpurgo’s Use of Language and Structure to Create Drama in the Novel – Private Peaceful.
Morpurgo uses a variety of different techniques when regarding his sentence structure throughout the extract. He uses short sentences at the start of the extract to describe Tommo writing to his mother. “I am writing to Mother- I haven’t written for a while and am feeling guilty about it. My pencil keeps breaking and I am sharpening it again... Nipper Martin is cleaning his rifle again. He’s always very particular about that.” In this extract, Morpurgo uses very little description and just talks of his immediate responses and thoughts. This gives the effect that Tommo is tired possibly and is not playing a massive amount of notice to everything which could add to his utter surprise and fear when the first cries of “GAS!” are echoed throughout the trench. Later on in the chapter, Morpurgo uses more complex sentence structure to add to the tension by giving the reader more information with no pause. This could be set out in long sentences to give the effect that Tommo cannot stop for breath because of the gas. It could also be because too