In many ways an author uses diction, imagery, syntax, and tone to elaborate parts of the story, and to contribute to the novel as a whole. In The Blind Side, the author, Michael Lewis, tells a story of how an everyday family in Memphis comes together and takes in a homeless 16 year old, who later becomes a famous football player. Although each literary device helps convey different things, when they all come together they are able to create the emotions, tones, relevance, and the purpose of the novel. Michael Lewis uses diction to emphasise particular words that he feels are important and the reader should pay attention to. He also uses italics for certains words such as, “...maybe I am good,”(Lewis 139) to …show more content…
Michael Lewis uses curse words to emphasize the character's anger and emotion towards the situation. This draws in the reader’s attention through diction and syntax such as, “...you little supposedly fleet-footed sonofabitch. Me and you. One on one. Twenty-yard dash. I’ll leave you in the dust,”(261). Another use of tone, shown in The Blind Side, is the way certain characters talk. He uses direct quotes, but emphasizes the originality of the specific character's word choice. Stemming from diction and imagery, Lewis uses Coach O’s verbage when he says, “ALRIGHTEERIGHTEERIGHTEE righteeerighteeee! Hooo! . . . Hoo! . . .Hoo! LessgoooLesssgoooo!” (270) to change the tone to a lighter hearted side, and enhance the intensity of the actual experience for the reader. Being able to give accurate changes in tone and make the reader understand why the events of the book played out the way they did is a quality that must be present in a strong literary book, and was accomplished by Michael Lewis. Although each device contributes in their own way, the importance of them comes from combination of all four. By only having one, the overall purpose of the book would be lost in indirect communication from the author and boredom from the reader. Missing even one of syntax, diction, or imagery would cause the loss of tone and dramatically lower the quality of the novel. The Blind Side, incorporating all these together, is able to draw in the reader’s attention, and maintain it throughout the book while still giving an accurate portrayal of the events changing the life Michael
The use of diction and syntax in this section creates an irritating atmosphere to stress the annoyance of the Columbian Guards. Larson’s evocative word choice for “disease” emphasizes the visitors' contagious curiosity as if they were part of a newspaper press. This displays to the readers as a stressful event for the Columbian Guards as they’re continuously “hammered with questions.” Furthermore, syntax was used in “the fair was so big, so beyond grasp” to create a fragmented and tiring effect for the readers due to the unimaginable pool of people inside of the fair. The fragmented phrases were embedded again in “it was a disease, a rhetorical smallpox” to convey the Columbian Guards harsh depiction of the visitors' nuisances.
After Matt Null’s presentation, I was entertained by the creative writings of the famous novelist and short story writer Edward P. Jones. His presentation began with one of his associates introducing him as one of the greatest writers in contemporary America writing on the struggles African Americans faced in the nation’s history. In his presentation, Jones read to us two of his newest short stories The Devil Swims Across the Anacostia River and In The Blink of God’s Eye. Jones used outstanding imagery, but what I took note of most was the particular way he used dialog to describe his characters subliminally. He would use intense descriptive details to describe a scene’s environment and perhaps the outfits of his characters, but Jones took
Capote uses this choice of words to establish a setting and paint a picture in the reader's mind of what Capote truly wants them to see and to expand on the grim and dismal mood that the readers feel throughout the entire passage. He uses many tone words like, slapped, pruned, stamped, cursing, and numbed as tone words to shift the mood of the reader to the depressing mood that Capote intends for the readers to feel and to help provide vivid imagery for the readers. These words are used to help Capote and help the readers understand what is happening in the passage with detail and with a unique perspective. In conclusion, Truman Capote effectively uses rhetorical devices such as metaphor, imagery, and diction to contribute to the shift from the third section of In Cold Blood to the fourth and final section and to pride a grim and dismal mood for the readers throughout this entire passage.
Anthony Burgess, the author of A Clockwork Orange, said “… by definition, a human is endowed with free will. He can use this to choose between good and evil. If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange… it is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil. The most important thing is moral choice” (Burgess, Introduction, page xiii). This theme is thoroughly explored during the novel, as well as during modern history.
Throughout this reading, I have selected three chapters that have caused me to think the most. Some elements of The Screwtape Letters can be applied to everyday life and cause you to be more cautious and self-aware. In a sense, I have learned to ask myself “why” on many different topics in the book. Delving deep into the text itself is a great way to understand what the author (C.S. Lewis) is trying to tell you. In this case, Lewis uses an abundance of irony to convey his thoughts through the Screwtape character.
The vocabulary is another important aspect of the authors’ writing styles. In their works, although using various methods of writing, William Golding and Suzanne Collins both use simple however very meaningful words to perpetuate their idea. Indeed, through their works it is seen that both authors make use of a raw language. For instance, when describing Simon’s death, Golding does not formulate full sentences. “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.
Speak Essay: Figurative language has a tremendous influence on literature because it enlivens the words and makes them jump off the page. This allows the reader to visualize the scene in a unique, explicit way. Laurie Anderson’s Speak demonstrates an abundant use of figurative language. Figurative language appears in various forms; this includes simile, metaphor, personification, symbol, hyperbole and more.
In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” the author, Richard Connell uses the wonders of figurative language to spice things up in many ways throughout the story. Almost every page had something lying within itself, hidden behind metaphors similes, personification, and the list goes on. Some examples of how Richard Connell uses figurative language were clearly displayed on page 62: “Didn’t you notice that the crew’s nerves were a bit jumpy today?” This page also began to reveal the main feeling/emotion of the story(eerie/suspicious) came to be-which was set off by the example I used above. In this scene, the author uses very descriptive words and/or adjectives in his choice(s) of figurative language when he writes, “There was no breeze.
Parents want their children to be literate and proficient readers. The expectations of a teacher are to be knowledgeable and supportive when engaging their students and enforcing reading skills. When elementary aged children are first learning to read, teaching focuses on specific areas of development such as phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. When comparing the literacy abilities of African American (AA) children to that of their peers, there seems to be a significant variance and a general lack of understanding of several of these skills. Providing the possibility of an African American English (AAE) dialect influencing reading comprehension, there needs to be a strategy to increase literacy in these students.
uperman and Me Adelaida Urrea Sherman Alexie, in his essay, “Superman and Me”, recounts how he learned to read even though he lived in poor family inside a community where education was disparaged. Alexi’s purpose is to describe how kids are expected to fail academically since education is not cared for in Native American communities, and ignite change in the ways Native American children are educated. He adopts an inspirational tone in order to encourage other Native Americans to follow his example and educators to help solve this problem. Alexi projects an inspirational tone, through the use of diction to achieve his purpose.
(1). He uses the rhetorical device of figurative language to give the reader a strong image of his feeling
Schlink uses tone, narration, and juxtaposition to convey to the reader the emotionless and monotonous way in which Michael narrates the story,
The style of which the story is being written is both descriptive and quite colorful, for example, “Um-hmm!... Ain’t you got nobody home to tell you to wash your face?”(Hughes pg.1) Hughes also introduces some specific languages and styles of literary devices such as repetition, hyperboles, and interjection. He also uses an exaggeration when trying to make a point, for example, “She said, ‘You a lie!’” ( Hughes pg.1 ).
Then Ligniere, the town 's drunk, speaks to Christian, after seeing him stare at Roxane, for what seems like forever. “Ah! I fear me she is coquettish, and over nice and fastidious!”, Hearing this Christian is frightened, and becomes nervous because he is talking about his crush, he stammers, “who am so poor of wit, how dare I speak to her--how address her? This language that they speak to-day--ay, and write--confounds me.