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A Critical Analysis of Geoffrey Philip's My Brother's Keeper

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It is the only thing he has that he can be proud of, that the boy does not have. The first person narration makes the reader actively participate in the events unconsciously and makes the reading more like a personal experience. The style and language used in the narration speak well of the personality and consciousness of the main character as well as his impression of the other characters in the story. One outstanding feature of this story is the language used. It gives us an idea of what kind of person the main character is.

He is a native speaker of the language and is not concerned with grammatical correctness. He is at home with the language and it shows the kind of community he lives in. It is plausible and realistic. It seems he feels and thinks not according to his age as a sixteen-year-old lad. As an older adolescent, he must have more patience with his younger half-brother and he should not be spanked anymore. Anyway, this could be justified because he is a product of a broken home and a victim of child abuse by his uncle who frequently beats him, as well as due to his feelings of insecurity – physically, emotionally and economically.

Another aspect of language that is distinctive about this story is the use of Biblical allusion as in the names of the characters aside from the title itself. David is a name in the Bible referring to a boy who defeated the giant Goliath. In this story, the little David is also able to stand out saving the main character.

The other names like Paul and Peter are also apostles of Jesus in the Bible. I just wonder why the other characters not close to the main character are named differently like Richard, George, and Doreen. Moreover, the use of irony also adds to the beauty of the presentation of the theme. For instance, truth makes Umpire an enemy to Richard instead of making him free. Then the ending of the story gives the impression that the main character is not his little brother’ s keeper after all but the little brother is the one who saved the big brother.

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