Language and Style of Fiction
Zeketha J Raymond
ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
Instructor Raymond Nowak
November 22, 2010
Language and Style of Fiction
Literature consists of reading fiction, poetry, and drama, which all have different elements. And although each element has its own special features, all the elements of a story work together to convey feelings and embody meaning (DiYanni, 2007, p. 49). Such as the element of language and style, which is designed for writers to use their diction to express their way of viewing the world and their thoughts. As authors write literary works, depending on their choice of language and style, they reach different audiences. So no matter what type of literature is being read, literary works of different genres are connected and compared by the element of language and style.
Language and style provides the reader with the words that are used to describe the tone displayed by the author. Even though language and style is an element that is used “separately to highlight its special features, all the elements of a story, however, work together to convey feeling and embody meaning” (DiYanni, 2007, pg. 49). Language and style is also something that represents how the author wants the reader to interpret the literary work. Whether the work is fiction, poetry, or drama, all of the other elements are used such as character, setting, and point of view etc., to provide one literary work.
Most readers approach literature with critical thinking by means of three interrelated perspectives which are experience, interpretation, and evaluation (DiYanni, 2007, p. 10). With experience, whether the literary work is a play, poem, or short story, readers may connect with what the author has written about. With interpretation, the reader's understanding of literary works results from an effort to analyze and interpret it, to make sense of the implied meaning (DiYanni, 2007, p. 10). And when it comes to evaluation, which is related to experience and interpretation, it is essentially a judgment or opinion about a work, and the values the story endorses (DiYanni, 2007, p.31). So therefore, critical thinking is needed both for the author to write the literary work, and for the reader to understand the literary work.
For some authors, the literary work may use language and style to speak in a tone that reflects their life's experiences. As readers read the literary works, they are drawn into the author's imaginative worlds and engaged with the power of their inventions (DiYanni, 2007, pg. 27). So therefore, when using blunt language in describing a setting or character, the style that the author uses will really grab the attention of the reader and keep them reading. “They provide us with more than the immediate interest of narrative – of something happening – and more than the pleasures of imagination: they enlarge our understanding of ourselves and deepen our appreciation of life” (DiYanni, 2007, pg. 27). So when this happens, it is the language and style that helps readers to imply the experience that the author has chosen to write about.
When understanding literary works, readers often relate the elements of literature in different works to each other. For example, in the literary works of “A Rose for Emily”, “The Story of an Hour”, and “My Papa's Waltz”, even though they are of different genres, they are connected by the element of language and style. Each author chose something different to write about, but they all chose the same type of language and style to use in their works. Language is the diction or wording that is used in works, while style is “the verbal identity of a writer, as unmistakable as his or her face or voice” (DiYanni, 2007, p. 85). Language and style come hand in hand when authors are trying to get the reader to view their work just as they have viewed it themselves.
In the fictional short stories “A Rose for Emily” and “The Story of an...
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