How does the author gain our interest in the opening pages of ‘‘’”Red Sky in the Morning’?


In ‘Red Sky in the Morning’ the author gains our interest by using similes and metaphors. The simile in the introduction that is most noticeable is “It was like starting up a video again after a freeze frame.” I feel that the most important word is ‘starting’ because it is simple yet powerful and adds a lot of interest as it adds motion to the sentence. It also adds worry to the sentence so the reader wonders, “What’s all the worrying for?” Freeze frame is important because without the word the sentence would be dull and lifeless. That is because it is interesting as it is seldom heard and adds life and power.


The writer gets my interest also by using adjectives. The quotation I have chosen is “probably dying, in the most awful agony.” I feel the most important word is awful as it is an illiterate phrase (awful agony!) and it is exciting because it describes the situation more clearly and exaggerates it as well! “Dying,” is also important as it is also exaggerated and powerful as it is extreme in saying it is terminating ones’ life.


Elizabeth Laird grabs our attention by using verbs. I have chosen “Dad grabbed his jacket.” I think the most important section of this quotation is “grabbed.” That is because it is an important verb. It is sudden and rushed giving the impression people around are panicky and rushed.


The novelist acquires my attention by using suspense, especially unanswered questions. The quotation is as follows: “And please hurry.” “Hurry.” Is the word that emphasises the point most as it is suspending. It seizes my attention because “hurry,” literally means rush and while the person who has been told to rush is hurrying the other is in a suspense of panic.


Laird grabs our thought by using emotions. The piece I find most emotional is “She gave a smile.” The word “smile,” is most important because it is an emotional word as it gives a sense of warmth and happiness. It is also important because it is the subject of the sentence and the sentence orbits around it.


The author makes the book interesting with the use of character detail. The piece that grabbed my attention was “He looked perfectly ridiculous.” I think the character detail in this sentence is “ridiculous.” I think this because it gives a glimpse of what the character looks like. It also gives me the impression he is rushed and impatient. This gives a sense of worry.


Simple sentences are used to add impact or humour. “I didn’t even run,” was the quotation. “Even is the word in the sentence that is impacting and powerful. That is because it emphasises the point that she was being parental, possibly even more than her parents by being calm and motherly.