Stylistic analyses of the text from “Doctor in the House” by R.Gordon
The story under the title “Doctor in the House” was written by R.Gordon. Richard Gordon is the pen name used by Gordon Ostlere (born Gordon Stanley Ostlere on 15 September 1921), an English surgeon, anaesthetist and an assistant editor of the British Medical Journal.
As Richard Gordon, Ostlere has written numerous novels, screenplays for film and television and accounts of popular history, mostly dealing with the practice of medicine. He is most famous for a long series of comic novels on a medical theme starting with Doctor in the House, and the subsequent film, television, radio and stage ...view middle of the document...
The very first sentence gives us a note of what to expect in the text:
To a medical student the final examinations are something like death: an unpleasant inevitability to be faced sooner or later, one's state after which is determined by care spent in preparing for the event.
By reading this we immediately involve into the atmosphere of a medical student’s life. Besides, by this entry the narrator underlines somehow the importance of the things he is going to tell us about.
Time plays a symbolic role in the text and it has some meanings.
For the first few hours I was numbed, unable to realize what had hit me.
The invigilator tapped his bell half an hour before time
At midday precisely the Secretary of the Committee would descend the stairs and take his place, flanked by two uniformed porters.
Time shows the growing excitement, nervousness of the situation:
One minute to twelve. A clock tingled twelve in the distance.
Time shows the climax of the situation and the whole text:
The world stood still. The traffic stopped, the plants ceased growing, men were paralyzed, the clouds hung in the air, the winds dropped, the tides disappeared, the sun halted in the sky.
Giving a general definition of the text under the study we should note it is written in the 1st person narrative though the narration may be interrupted by some short dialogues with the narrator taking part in them.
The narration is interlaced with descriptive passages, like:
I was shown to a tiny waiting-room furnished with hard chairs, a wooden table, and windows that wouldn't open, like the condemned cell. There were six other candidates waiting, to go in with me, who illustrated the types fairly commonly seen in viva waiting-rooms. There was the Nonchalant, lolling back on the rear legs of his chair with his feet on the table. Next to him, a man of the Frankly Worried class sat on the edge of his chair tearing little bits off his invitation card and jumping irritatingly every time the door opened.
It is made for the reader’s full comprehension of the atmosphere of the events happened in the text. It gives us a complete picture of the feelings medical students have at the examinations. These descriptions are meant to prove the entrance statement:
While reading the text we come across some stylistic devices used by the author to make his speech more emotional to make the situation to the reader more emotional.
To convey the feelings to the reader the narrator uses comparisons:
We attended all his ward rounds, standing at the front and gazing at him...