Many aspects of the donkey race was exciting, this made it easier to convey this message. The tittle of the passage stands out. “A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat. ” It is very unusual and attention grabbing due to the unexpected and shocking imagery. This intrigues the reader because it allows them to guess what this passage is about, as you can see it is very different to our expectations. The donkey race was compared to the “wacky races. ” This allows us to imagine how the the atmosphere and the ambience was in the place because of this comparison.
The wacky races were very chaotic and hectic. A lot of the sentences were short and fast paced, this increased the tempo of the passage, this allows the passage to be more exciting because story will be moving as with the rhythm of the text. “Oh yes, that’s no problem. ” This dialogue is very short and precise what is going to happen and builds up the tension until the occurring of the main event which was the donkey race. This is even more effective because of the adventurous spirit which is shown in the text. Levine shows her experience of the donkey race through emotive language.
The extract is full of colourful and descriptive words “A cloud of fumes and dust. ” This quote shows the sheer number of spectators of this race, following on with vehicles leaving this huge mist of dust behind them. “The two neck-and-neck, their jockeys perched on top of the tiny carts using their whip energetically, although not cruelly. ” This was the climax of the race this quotation is very descriptive and full of emotive words such as “perched,” this shows the determination of the jockeys, how they were trying to outrun each other to the finish line.
Levine also uses many words that break up or add tension to the passage such as, “Just as I was assuming that the race had been cancelled. ” The word just breaks that dull moment and arouse the reader because it conveys a message that something had happened. Exaggeration is used throughout this piece. “We waited for eternity. ” This quotation is hyperbole of time, it exaggerates the time it took for Levine to arrive at the place where the donkey race was taking place , this shows their impatience and excitement towards the race.
There were a lot of scenes full of unexpected drops. These anticlimactic scenes surprise the reader a lot and creates that excite which carries on throughout the text. “The only action was a villager on a wobbly cycle. ” This sort of makes the reader feel silly because it makes them think that the action had begun. “The race was over. ” This scene just ends the race in a very sudden and unusual way because it just sums up what happens and slows the pace.