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Voice, Audience, and Purpose

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Transcript of Voice, Audience, and Purpose

Voice, Audience, and Purpose
Jump Into a Character's Skin
The best way to explore and play with voice, audience, and purpose is to play with characters and situations that you already know.
Voice
Voice is the personality an author creates through word choice, style (structure), and purposeful use of punctuation.
Audience
Who is the author talking to? And how do you get them to listen?
Purpose
What is the author's goal?
Point of View Imitations
You will use imitations to practice voice, audience, and purpose.
For Example:
The students turned dismally from the bus. They didn't know how wide the hole actually was. Some of them took a wild guess and tried to jump it; but most of them miscalculated and fell in, to our everlasting delight.
Susie turned from the bus driver to the creek that now crossed the road. She would go home and tell her father how mean and grumpy the bus driver was for making them walk.
She found a place where the water seemed to be at its smallest and jumped. Squish. Her knee had sunk into the mud. As she fell forward, Susie cursed her bad luck and decided that she would need to wash her face before eating dinner. Splat!
What do you think this artist wears to work?
What kind of person is this author?
What do you think this artist wears to work?
What kind of person is this author?
What do the paint stroke patterns tell you about the picture?
What do the images in the painting tell you about the painting?
******* HERE IS A SMALL FACT *******
You are going to die.
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely
can
be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. and that's only the A's. Just don't ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. - Death

~ From
The Book Thief
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