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Analyzing an Author's Style
Transcript of Analyzing an Author's Style
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