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Transcript of Authors Style
Imagery and Figurative Language
What is Author's Style?
In all forms of literature, authors choose particular words to convey effect and meaning. The following definitions should be considered to help you understand and appreciate the deliberate words choices an author makes.
1. Types of sentences
2. Sentence Variance
a. Simple Sentence
3. Sentence Order
a. Natural Order
b. Inverted Syntax
Types of Informal Language
Slang: Recently coined words often used in informal situations. Slang words usually come and go quickly, passing in and out of usage within months or years.
Colloquial Expression: Nonstandard, often regional, ways of using language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing.
Jargon: Words or expressions characteristics of a particular trade, profession, or pursuit.
Dialect: Nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammatical features. Writers often use regional dialects that reveal a person's economic or social class.
Author's Style: The ways in which a writer assembles words to tell a story, develop an argument, or dramatize a play, or to compose a play. It's not WHAT but
How is Author's Style Established?
In order to analyze author's style, it is important to look at the following literary elements:
4. Figurative Language
Levels of Diction
Formal/ High Diction: Diction that contains standard and "elegant" words, correct word order, the absence of contractions.
Neutral/Middle Diction: Ordinary, everyday standard vocabulary, shunning longer words and using contractions when necessary.
Informal/Low Diction: Relaxed and conversational diction. Includes common and simple words, idioms, slang, jargon, and contractions.
Monosyllabic: Words that consist of one syllable
Polysyllabic: Words that consist of two or more syllables
1. Sentence Length
a. Telegraphic: Shorter than 5 words
b. Short: Approx. 5 words
c. Medium: Approx 18 words
d. Long and Involved: 30 words or more
2. Sentence beginning: Varied or is there a pattern (parallelism)
3.Sentence arrangement: Does their arrangement fit a particular purpose?
The manner in which a speaker or writer constructs a sentence affects the audience's understanding and the overall meaning of the text.
Imagery: Writers use language to create sensory impressions and evoke specific responses to characters, objects, events, and situations. The writer shows rather than tells, which allows the audience to participate in the experience more.
Figurative Language: Writers amplify their ideas and writing through figurative language, which allows thought, deeper understanding, and response to the text. Types of figurative language include:
Tone and Theme
Tone: What is the author’s attitude about his / her subject / message?
What words in the message let you know the tone?
How does the selection of the tone affect the audience’s reception of the message? Is it appropriate for the occasion/subject matter?
Theme: The central idea that the work is trying to convey.
Read and annotate
chapter one and two of
Their Eyes Were Watching God
for stylistic techniques
2. Find 6 passages (consisting of at least 3 sentences) that you want to analyze for style.
3. When analyzing for style, please be sure to comment on
of the following: