A Stylistic Analysis Of 'Consider The Lobster' By David Wallace

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This memo includes the stylistic analysis of “Consider the Lobster” by David Wallace and explains the stylistic choices I chose to make in my imitative essay. Emulation of the Three Sections In the first section of the original essay/column work, Wallace uses strong visuals and a description of the festival to introduce the audience to the location and theme. It opens up with him describing how the festival looks and sounds like, then goes into greater detail describing the reasons why he is currently there. While he maintains a tone of sarcasm throughout his work, in this particular section his tone sounds more factual and informative. In my imitative essay, I chose to emulate his introduction by giving an example of what a typical testing room looks like. I then used that to introduce the subject of Pisa testings and its impact on students. Additionally, I attempted to emulate the tone of sarcasm throughout my essay. The second section of Wallace’s “Consider the Lobster” introduced the historical aspect of the lobster festival and offered up several factoids about both the festival and the history of lobsters. This section is also where Wallace begins to introduce the reader to the deeper theme behind the piece. I emulated Wallace by introducing the history behind Pisa and explaining how it has affected schooling in…show more content…
I also attempted to use this scheme, often employing run-on sentences to continue my ideas. Wallace also uses parenthesis often throughout the essay/column piece. He used this to split up his ideas and often provide commentary that he didn’t want to put in the footnotes. I also employed the use of this scheme. It was effective at splitting up the various ideas in the run on sentences, and also allowed for commentary to be added in without detracting from the piece. Additionally, parentheses allowed for the tone of sarcasm to be conveyed more
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