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Examining Author's Style
Transcript of Examining Author's Style
What is Style?
Style is the way a particular work is written--not what is said, but HOW it's said
Uses sophisticated, abstract language
May use complex sentence structures
Carefully observes rules of grammar
Sounds like everyday conversation
May use contractions and slang
May use simple sentences and fragments
Uses neutral words to report facts
Often includes simple sentences
Reader notices what's said, not who's talking
May use imagery to covey a mood
Often includes long, elaborate sentences
Reader often gets to know the narrator--the voice that tells the story
"And was Mr. Rochester now ugly in my eyes? No, reader: gratitude and many associations, all pleasurable and genial, made his face the object I best like to see..."
-from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
"Remember that boy you thought you could not live without? What was his name? Randy. You don't remember?"
-from The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
"A Lightning flash can happen in half a second. In that instant, the lightning flash superheats the surrounding air to a temperature five times hotter than that on the surface of the sun."
"The lightning quivered about the pinnacles of the ancient Hotel de Ville, and shed flickering gleams over the open space in front."
-from "The Adventures of the German Student" by Washington Irving