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Writing Style

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Josh Dronen

on 23 March 2016

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Transcript of Writing Style

What is the Author's Voice?
The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald is a very descriptive writer. He describes everything in great detail. The reader can almost see everything in his mind from the text. For example the author states, “the lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier, minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out with a cheerful word (Fitzgerald 44).” This quote really explains the party well. The reader can really imagine everything that is going on from the author’s description.
Think about that passage...
Talk to your group. Is this a good description of writing style? If so, why? If not, why? Be ready to share something
What is Writing Style?
Writing style is the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience.
A style reveals both the writer's
personality and voice
Point of View
Point of view is the way the author allows you to "see" and "hear" what's going on
Types of Point of View
First Person
First Person Point of View
First-person point of view is in use when a character narrates the story with I-me-my-mine in his or her speech.
The advantage of this is that you get to hear see the world through his or her eyes
Third Person Point of View
Types of Point of View
Third Person Point of View
Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action
Third-person differs from first-person because the author's voice, not the character's voice, is what you hear in the descriptive passages.
Types of Point of View
Omniscient Point of View
Omniscient Point of View
A narrator who knows everything about all the characters, he is all knowing.
Questions to Ask Yourself
How does the point of view affect your responses to the characters?
How is your response influenced by how much the narrator knows and how objective he or she is?
Think about the ways that point of view is used to help understand the plot.
What is the author’s purpose for the particular point of view?
First person narrators are not always trustworthy. It is up to you to determine what is the truth and what is not.
Plot Development
A plot is a causal sequence of events, the "why" for the things that happen in the story.

The plot draws the reader into the character's lives and helps the reader understand the choices that the characters make.
Plot Development
A plot's structure is the way in which the story elements are arranged.

Writers vary structure depending on the needs of the story.
Simply put: word choice
how words are formulated to create something magical
Don’t say the author is very descriptive! What specific vocabulary does the author use?
What is the Purpose for the text?
Informative, Persuasive, Entertainment?
I decided to call to him.. Miss Baker had mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction. But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that was content to be alone-he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby, he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness (Fitzgerald 26).
A symbol is the use of a an object, person, color, or action to represent an abstract idea.
Examples of Symbols
Dove - Peace
Red - Danger
Asian - Awesome
Green Light - American Dream
...he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward-and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock.
As a group discuss how this is symbolic of the American Dream.
Teenage Wasteland
In October, they called from the private school he attended to request a conference with his parents. Daisy went alone;her husband was at work. Clutching her purse, she sat on the Principal's couch and learned that Donny was noisy, lazy, and disruptive, always fooling around with his friends, and he wouldn't respond in class.
Literary Devices
Typical structures or strategies used by writers in their works to covey messages in differing manners
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