Point of View:
This story is written from the first person point of view. The pronoun “I” is used. We see the events from three perspectives; namely that of Tristan, James and Mum. We can experience their thoughts and feelings.
The tone is generally sincere, serious and reflective. At times it is emotional. Diction (the choice of words used in the story)
serious -…James, on the other hand, has always been so nervous. I’ve been really worried about him…
reflective– Just because we’re twins doesn’t mean we have to be good at the same things. I accept that.
emotional – Talk about pride! Tonight I thought I was going to burst with it!
simple vocabulary; short sentences; lots of exclamation marks (!) to express emotions
use of contractions (e.g. he’s; it’s, etc) to show a conversational style
The story has several similes e.g.
I feel like a tyre that has burst ; as freely as a freshly oiled cog, etc.
3 different styles to express the thoughts and feelings of the 3 characters.
Contrast of writing styles. E.g. Tristan’s thoughts are in a box; James’s thoughts appear to be on lined paper while mum’s thoughts are in italics.
Contrast of opinions and characters Tristan loves drama while James loathes it. Slang /colloquial expressions e.g. .. the new school is really cool ; collywobbles; mate; flipping; I’ve really blown it!
(to give it afresh modern feel)
Questions that require no answer
. e.g. How can I tell Mum?
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