Hazel Tells Laverne Analysis

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Hazel Tells Laverne There are so many stereotypes, especially ones to do with women. In “Hazel Tells Laverne” by Katharyn Hows Machan, the narrator, Hazel, tells about an incident that happened to her, in which a frog tries to stereotype her by assuming all women dream about being a princess. The author creates a mocking tone towards the frog through the use of diction, language, and syntax, therefore showing that the narrator doesn’t want to be a princess. Machan uses unusual diction to create a sort of mocking tone. “Up pops this frog/ musta come from the sewer” (Machan 5-6), The tone is disgusted, she doesn’t say ‘a frog’, she says ‘this frog’, she also adds how it came from the sewers. “So i goes ta flushm down/ but sohelpmegod he starts…show more content…
The majority of the sentences are telegraphic, conveying that she doesn’t care too much about what she is talking about. The few sentences that are a little longer, but still short, express her dislike for the frog and being a princess. “but sohelpmegod he starts talkin” (10), would be the longest sentence if ‘sohelpmegod’ was separated, but it shows how surprised and disgusted Hazel is. She cares more about how she doesn’t like the frog and doesn’t want to be a princess. Machan used an inverted sentence, “up pops this frog”(5), to show that Hazel doesn’t understand how the frog got there. She is mystified by the frog. On the next line though, she says, “musta come from the sewer”(6). When she realizes this, she is repulsed by it. After that, she tries to flush it, and the frog offers to make her a princess, and at first she might of considered it when she says “me a princess”(13), however, Hazel quickly remembers that she is happy not being a princess. On the last line, she repeats herself, but with more vigor and emotion. “me a princess”(24), because the line was italicized, there was a lot of emotion. Hazel is mocking the frog for even considering that she wants to be a
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