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Year : 2012 Views: 2756 Submitted By : NUPUR MAHATO On 06th October, 2012

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1. Comment on the dominant variety of prose (narrative, expository or descriptive) present in each of the following passages. Write a brief critical appreciation of each passage in about 250 words each:

a) Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of ragged gypsies would set up their tents near the village, and with a great uproar of pipes and kettledrums they would display new inventions. First they brought the magnet. A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands, who introduced himself as Melquiades, put on a bold public demonstration of what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of Macedonia.

b) The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert. Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same colour as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

c) Slavery as an institution did not exist in the Stone Age. The triumphant warrior of the ancient period did not enslave his subjugated enemy but he only slew him. The women of the conquered tribe were carried off and kept as wives or as servants. The first phase of slave trade goes back to the 1440 AD when Prince Henry of Portugal was encouraging his seafaring nation to break new ground. Around 1442, Portuguese sailors went back home with gold dust

In the Roman system of life, slavery found its most natural and relatively legitimate place. The pirates sold a great number of slaves and those sales went on after the successful expedition of Pompey. The prisoners were sometimes brought as slaves and they were forcibly placed in public work in the quarries and the mines. Stage artists, performers of circus and the gladiators were commonly slaves once. The master enjoyed ample freedom over his slaves by the then prevailing Roman Law.

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