At Any One Moment

April 11, 2018 General Studies

Judy Allen builds on this idea through the specific language and metaphors used to set the scene and further build on the context. “It rose up like a mountain, either hiding or engulfing the distant boats”. Through using real locations in the text the reader can see and believe the Story. The readers context is also used to build dramatic tension. As the water is drawn out before the Tsunami approaches the reader is mostly likely aware of what is occurring due to their context compared to Sheriff, his brother and the villagers who were oblivious to the disaster about to occur.

His brother started to laugh- it was all so extraordinary, a trick played by the ocean”. This situation creates dramatic irony and positions the reader to want to warn the characters in the story to get out of the water. Judy Allen builds and plays on the readers context which is most likely that of a busy Western life. Many people in society are always busy and never take time to think about other people. “Even so, most people are aware only of their own small world, and many believe their own small world, and many believe their own small world is all there is”.

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Through the structure and the omniscient point of view the author positions the reader to imagine all the things happening in the world right now and how every action has a consequence. Allen then takes the reader down to one specific event which could be happening right now. This structure is especially effect because of Western Society’s disesteemed view of disaster. The reader relates to a personal story much more than figures on the news. Allen’s use of emotive language and similes also creates an environment for the reader to personally react to the story. He stared as the vast sweep of water was pulled back like a huge bed cover”.

This imagery allows the reader to put themselves in the story and use their own personal context to make meaning to “At Any One Moment”. Through my own personal context am able to react to the story and feel sympathy for the characters in it. Although I was not personally affected by the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 can still appreciate the pain that Sheriff goes through. This prose fiction work put the world into perspective for me and caused me to feel grateful for the things I have in my life. It made me realize owe fragile life can be, how people can be alive one minute and dead the next.


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