Wow, the whole chapter (The Gastein Journal) was basically a detailed story of the events in the poem (Don Giovanni). Within the Gastein Journal, many stylistic devices are used such as metaphors, personification, basically a whole lot of figurative language. With these figurative language being included in the Gastein Journal, the journal itself was more profound. There's more to what the author has to say rather than the obvious. For example, before the fire incident of the hotel was introduced, the author had put telegrams or letters. I myself was confused when reading the letters or telegrams about the fire, but fully understood the whole concept of it later on as the story proceeds. I like how the author introduces a tragic event with something else such as the letters, rather than going straight to the both. With these letters, we get a sense of the different feelings going on with characters we don't know. Not all the events are presented in one perspective. Another style the author uses is the "narrative." We don't simple read a boring story, but hear the story for a perspective of someone else. With this being done, again, it feels as if we were exactly at the event, and inside the characters mind. We get a sense of the character's psychology. Also, the author did a good job with "details". The details also gave you a hint on the character's psychology, you feel their emotions. I know it's nasty, but the detailedness of the "sex" scene AUTOMATICALLY made you imagine all of it in your head. I'm serious, it was like "watching" every move they made HAPPEN!|
--->Again, from my opinion, the whole journal was basically the explanation of the poem. Once I finished reading the journal, my reaction right away was, "Oh, that's why that happened in the poem." Like the part when the orgy occurred. I wondered why a priest was involved? Then i found out the girl had "invited" him (the priest) to do so. It also seems like a tragic story. There are so much deaths and accidents going on. But overall the book is alright, but a little to mature for our age, but it's all good.
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