The analysis of the text
From: “Doctor in the house”
Richard Gordon was born in 1921. He has been an anaesthetist at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, a ship’s surgeon and an assistant editor of the British Medical Journal. He left medical practice in 1952 and started writing his “Doctor” series.
“Doctor in the House” is one of Gordon’s twelve “Doctor” books and is noted for witty description of a medical student’s years of professional training.
The text under analysis is the 1-st person narration with the participant narrator, the theme of which is final examinations. It is a true story, which shows us author’s recollections of the old days, when he was just a student, his ...view middle of the document...
All of them shows student’s feelings and their attitude to finals. Moreover with the same aim the narrator uses the metaphor “a straight contest” and a simile “examiner goes at them like a prize-fighter”.
The second part was written in a form of self-irony. Here Gordon describes the ways of preparation to final examinations. He tells that “There is rarely any frank cheating in medical examinations, but the candidates spend almost as much time over the technical details of the contest as they do learning general medicine from their textbooks”. In this statement we can see an epithet “frank” and a metonymical periphrasis “technical details of the contest” which were used in order to underline the futility of this activity. When the narrator describes his own way of preparation to finals he uses different epithets such as “despondently”, “gazing”. Besides he used simile “gazing at him like impressionable music enthusiasts at the solo violinist” and a metaphor “ran a final breathless sprint down the well-trodden paths of medicine”. All this, once again shows us, that there are many difficulties in the process of preparation to final examinations in a medical institute.
The first and the second parts together make the composition of the story. It begins with “To a medical student the final examinations are something like death: an unpleasant inevitability to be faced sooner or later…” and ends with “… and ran a final breathless sprint down the well-trodden paths of medicine.”
The third logical part tells as about the procedure of written examination. Here, the author underlines the atmosphere which is reigning (царит) in classroom and he does it by means of such stylistic devices as set-expression: “to keep an eye open” and epithets “flagrant” and “dispassionately” with the help of which Gordon describes the examiner and his porters. Besides there is a simile in this passage: “porters who stood by the door and looked dispassionately down at the poor victims, like the policemen that flank the dock at the Old Bailey ” which was used in order to create an oppressive atmosphere. All stylistic devices are the narrator’s way of making the story vivid and bright.
Students were described by Gordon as “the anonymous examinees” and he differentiates them in such way: “Some of them strode up for an extra-answer book, with an awkward expression of self-consciousness and superiority in their faces. Others rose to their feet, handed in their papers and left.” In this author’s words, our attention attracts epithets “anonymous” and “awkward” and an oxymoron “an awkward expression of self-consciousness and superiority” which shows us student’s attitude to written exam. Besides we see sarcasm in this passage. It can be easily understood from the sentence “Whether these people were so brilliant they were able to complete the examination in an hour and a half or whether this was the time required for them to set down unhurriedly their entire knowledge of...