William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s.
The text which I am going to analyze is an extract of one of his most famous works « The moon and sixpence». Ere we have a chance to read the description of a lovely place- Tahiti. The author gives the description of the nature of weather conditions and every significant thing which surrounded him. There are no dialogs here just a description and author thoughts. And the narration is done from the first person.
We can divide this text into three parts. The first one is narrator’s memories about Charles Strickland the painter who was at that places long time ago and whom the narrator knew. The second part is the thoughts of storyteller and the description of his emotions and his moral condition. And the last one is devoted to the description of Tahiti.
If scrutinize each paragraph in detailed we can define the following stylistic devices which help the author to make some certain impression on reader.
The first part- memories of the author about Charles Strickland here he uses metaphor (he painted the pictures on which his fame most securely rests.) personification (his spirit, that had wandered disembodied, seeking a tenement, at last was able to clothe itself in flesh.) this sentence from another point of view can be identified also as periphrasis. These stylistic devices aimed at preparing us for the further description and to make us belief that this place is one of those where you can relax and feel free especially if take into account that even painter a creative nature find here a shelter.
The second part is devoted to the narrator his feelings, thoughts and memories about some trip and certainly there are some descriptions of the place where the narrator was. The author decided that we should understand the loneliness of...