Diction In The Scarlet Ibis And Harrison Bergeron

558 Words3 Pages
Author’s commonly entice readers by using complex vocabulary and extremely detailed descriptions, also known as, diction. Readers will be more engaged if they can imagine the setting and characters. Making them put themselves in the same situation. In the short stories “The Scarlet Ibis” and “The Dangerous Game” and “Harrison Bergeron” the authors use diction to engage the readers.

In the short story “The Scarlet Ibis” , author James Hurst uses a great deal of diction to intrigue the readers. For example, the narrator describes the garden, “The flower garden was stained with rotting brown magnolia petals, and ironweeds grew rank amid the purple phlox” (416). He could have just said that the garden was full of rotten plants. Instead, Hurst explained the plants to encourage the readers to imagine the garden in their head. With words such as, “stained” and “rank amid”. Because of this story having so much diction the readers will be more engaged.
…show more content…
Many other short stories, such as “The Dangerous Game” , is full of detailed descriptions to pull in the audience. In this story the character Whitney explains his experience, “There was no breeze. The sea was as flat as a plate-glass window. We were drawing near the island then. What I felt was a--a mental chill; a sort of sudden dread” (2). Author Richard Connell uses such intricate detail that the reader can visualize the island and the ocean from Whitney’s perspective. Another example of the setting description is, “Bleak darkness was blacking out the sea and jungle when Rainsford sighted the lights” (3). Connell could have easily just said something like “the sky was black” or “the sea and jungle could no longer be seen.” However, he used words such as, “bleak darkness” and “blacking out.” Once again readers can imagine what Rainsford is seeing, but the author also sets a very mysterious and cryptic
Open Document