“The Creaking In My Rooftop” is a short cat story written by Abdallah Issah. The queen-cat happened to be the writer’s pet. She found a lover and chose her master’s rooftop as the place to make out with her lover.
Unfortunately, the act denied the writer some good night sleeps. In order to resolve the issue, he chased away his pet’s lover and it didn’t go down well with her. Of course the following morning she gave him the “Cat-titude” just as a queen-cat will.
To avoid getting more of the attitudes and possibly preventing unwanted kittens from the union, he decided to ratio her food!
“The Creaking In My Rooftop” can best be described as a comic relief. A comic relief is usually a humorous piece in a literary work which offsets serious episodes.
The one who needs to put on a smile will appreciate the account more. Not to drive you into boredom, I have limited the discussion to examining three literary techniques used by the author.
- Repetition: It is the recurrence of a word or phrase in writing. It is used in creating rhythms and also drawing attention to something. According to Abdallah, the noise continued “…again and again”. Again has been repeated. It drags out attention to the cats’ creaks. The reason for the noise the two were making was what the author wanted us to think about. There may be a bout or we may call it a creak but it was actually moaning. To back my say, the writer said his pet gave him attitude when he chased the other cat away. Yes he chased away her lover.
- Personification:This is a figurative speech that attributes human characters to abstracts and non-humans. Personification brings ‘characters’ to life. It makes it easier for readers to relate with abstracts and non-human characters in a narrative. The author personified his pet’s lover when he described it as a “deadbeat dad”. With this, we effortlessly understand why he sent the cat running. He didn’t want to be in-laws with a deadbeat of a cat! A man who has a child is called “Dad” yeah, that’s how humans call. We don’t know what it’s called in the cats’ world.
- And finally, Rhetorical question: Is the kind question asked not for the purpose of answer but to create an effect, usually dramatic. It is the one that makes a person think or ponder over something or an incident.
“Why is she making all that noise by the way?. After all, she was the one that invited him over” The issue here is will queen-cat be creaking just like that? or she’s going nuts?
NB: The above write-up is solely the opinion of the writer and not the exact meaning of the story