Rhetorical situation


The sender of the extract to The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District is James Rebanks. He was born in 1974 in Matterdale, Cumbria, and is currently a sheep farmer in the Lake District. 

In the text, Rebanks mentioned that he was not always aware of the influence the Lake District had on the rest of the world. The text describes him as a thirteen-year-old (l. 2) boy whose views often clash with his teachers’. Rebanks comes across as a rebellious and stubborn teenager, with little consideration for authority: “On another occasion, I argued with our dumbfounded headmaster that school was really a prison and ‘an infringement of my human rights’ ” (ll. 18-19). Rebanks also implies that he was “bright enough” (ll. 7-8) to succeed in school, ...

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