Analysis of the “From Doctor in the House” by Richard Gordon
The text under interpretation is called “From Doctor in the House” by Richard Gordon.
First of all I’d like to start with some words about the author. As I’ve learned Richard Gordon is an English writer of the 20th century. He is most famous for his “Doctor” series, where he describes different things concerning with the medicine. It is necessary to mention that such things are close to him because he took up the medicine. His literary contribution is great because his “Doctor” series are very popular. They are even screened.
As for me I have already heard about this author but haven’t read his works before/ And after ...view middle of the document...
But why was such students’ attitude? To answer this question helps the plenty of special of literary words as authorities, investigation, well- established, representative and the graphic means as Committee which demonstrates unequal position of students and examiners, which of course caused such fear and such student’s attitude to the exams. So I can guess that if the situation was like that the educational system really had some faults.
Further on the narrator told one of the obstacles which he had run into – written papers. So three hours were allowed for the papers. The invigilator and his porters were present at the exam to watch the students and to prevent cheating. After bell ringing papers were feared away from the students by the porters. Richard left the examining room exhausted because he had a real trial. But his friend Grymsdyke was absolutely calm, because he was sure the papers not to be read anyway. He told the system of checking the papers. So the old don chucked the papers down the staircase. The ones that stuck on the top flight were given firsts, most of them ended up on the landing and got seconds, thirds went to the lower and any reaching the ground floor were failed.
Such stylistic devices as the metaphors poor victims, eight-round fight, the similar like the policemen at the Old Bailey, the epithet looked dispassionately emphasize helpless students’ state during the exam and give impression that the students had no one right.
With the help of specially literary words f.e. invigilator, raised platform, uniformed, system the power of authorities in comparison with the students becomes evident. And to my mind the legend of checking of the works shows unenviable students’ inner state. They were absolutely sure in injustice of educational system beforehand.
Later Richard gives the information about the second trial, the oral examination also called viva. It was even worse than the written papers. No one false answer could be admitted. Otherwise the student lost his nerve and the end of everything would be, crash would be inevitable.
There are such stylistic devices such as the metaphor judgment day, the paraphrases god, the similar like imminent thunderstorm which again reinforce students helplessness and examiner’s greatness. Giving a name god to an examiner, the narrator vested power in him to determine students’ fate.
Such information makes me feel creepy all over. Еhe final examination begins to look really like death for me.
Then Richard Gordon told that he was shown to a tiny viva-waiting room furnished with hard chairs, wooden table and windows that wouldn’t open, where other students were. They illustrated types commonly seen in this waiting room. One was indifferent called Nonchalant, lolling back on the legs of his chair. Next to him was Frankly Worried, jumping irritatingly every time the door opened. There was also Crammer, fondling the pages of his battered book, and Old Stager who seemed to fail exam so...