Royal Beatings by Alice MunroI have to do a commentary on page 1-2 lines 1 through 40 of Royal Beatings. I have to explain what the author is conveying (emotions etc..) and justification (literary...
I have to do a commentary on page 1-2 lines 1 through 40 of Royal Beatings.
I have to explain what the author is conveying (emotions etc..) and justification (literary elements)
The words either "royal beating" or the word "beating" is repeated four times in the first four sentences and fragments. Not only does this create a very specific attitude regarding the text, one of fear and violence, it can also evoke very specific emotions for a reader who has knowledge of what a "royal beating" feels like or is. The repetition serves as a blatant, in-your-face, image. There is no question as to what the text it talking about.
Therefore, the opening of the text serves as a attention grabber. There is no leading into the violence depicted. Instead, it slaps the reader in the face as soon as the story begins.
The first two words of the story are "Royal beating." This is a two-word fragment. It is used to catch us by surprise, to create curiosity (we wonder what a "royal beating" is), and to emphasize a key term that is subsequently repeated and explained. Reading these two words makes us naturally curious to read more and find out what is meant by this term and why it is important.
The repetition, in the first four sentences of the story, of the idea of being beaten is an effective way to create suspense. The opening sentences of this story suggest violence within a family and thus create a certain amount of gruesome curiosity.
I think #3 makes a very valid point by stating that, just as the story itself concerns violence, so the way that the story begins performs a similar act of violence on the reader through the repetition of the word "beating," both signalled as being important in the title but also through its occurrence at the beginning of the story. This would definitely be one aspect for you to talk about a lot in your analysis.