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Analyzing an Author's Style

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Kiley Farinha

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Analyzing an Author's Style

Author's Style and Purpose Author's Tools
figurative language
tone Diction:
the author's choice of words and the foundation for the voice of the characters

the language can be formal, neutral, or informal Syntax:
includes sentence structure, word order, and punctuation

Ask yourself: are the sentences long, short or varied? Do certain characters speak in specific patterns? Imagery:
the use of words to re-create a sensory experience

captures in words what we see, hear, touch, smell, and taste But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little - a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it - you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily - until, at length, a single dim ray, like the thread of a spider, shot out from the crevice and full upon the vulture eye.
The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe Something warm was running across the backs of her hands. She saw with mounting horror that it was mixed slime and blood running from the dog's mouth.
Cujo, Stephen King Tone:
the author's attitude toward his/her audience and subject matter

it can also be the expression of the speaker or narrator's attitude toward his/her listener or subject matter

the feeling that the writer creates for the reader The Baudelaire orphans went to the bedroom and glumly packed their few belongings. Klaus looked distastefully at each ugly shirt . . . as he folded them . . . into a small suitcase. Violet looked around the cramped, smelly room in which they had been living. And Sunny crawled around solemnly biting each of Edgar and Albert's shoes, leaving small teeth marks in each one so she would not be forgotten.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket Figurative Language:
any language that is not used in a literal way

saying one thing, yet meaning another

a stronger, more vivid way of expressing meaning

metaphors, similes, personification, symbols, hyperbole He could shoot a bumblebee in the eye at sixty paces, and he was a man who was not afraid to shake hands with lightning.
Pecos Bill and the Mustang, Harold W. Felton
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