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Flashcards in Aunt Julia Deck (8)
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1

"Aunt Julia spoke Gaelic very loud and very fast"

Simple statement establishes her energy/vitality but also gulf between them.
Repetition conveys her determined forceful character

2

"She wore men's boots"
"Black skirts"

Descriptive statements
She's practical and doesn't care about appearance
She is masculine

3

"I can see her strong foot stained with peat"

Effective word choice as powerful "st" emphasises how much her crofting lifestyle was ingrained in her. This has a direct contrast to mccaigs own lifestyle.
"Strong" shows her masculinity and reflects her personality

4

"Drew yarn marvellously out of the air"

Inverted word order and metaphor
Suggest boys wonder- a sense of magic
Also contrast as "marvellously" has angelic connotations suggesting feminity

5

"Absolute darkness of a box bed"

Superlative connotations but boys is not frightened
Suggests calmness and reflection
Could be seen as humour

6

"She was buckets"

Metaphors
Suggesting energy and strong personality
Aunt Julia was independent

7

"Silenced in the absolute black"

Sibilants and effective word choice
Silenced- forced to stop talking by death
Contrast to her natural loud voice
"Absolute black" echoes box bed but no warmth this time
Connotations of mourning

8

A seagulls voice

Sound
Connotations of cracking reinforce ideas of communication gulf- he still cannot understand her and he never will
Portrays frustration