Narrative Pace And Diction In Alice Walker's Short Story

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Alice Walker uses narrative pace and diction to prepare the trade of what might just be a very gruesome ending. Throughout the short story she uses positive words to contrast the ending and the pace she uses gives a bigger impact towards what the main character Myop is about to experience. The first element I noticed was the contrast between the use of positive words in the beginning and negative words in the end. Throughout the short story Alice uses words like “skipped lightly” which gives us a sense of joy and happiness that is portrayed through Myop. And in the end she gives a sense of fear and wonder by using words like “The air was damp, the silence close and deep.” meaning that something unfortunate is about to be experienced. After
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