What Influences You in Your Life

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Sofia Vignolo

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“I’m eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two and one, but I wish I was one hundred and two.” This quotation implies the character’s emotion towards her birthday and her reaction to it. Sometimes a writer’s words can provide a glimpse of the speaker’s or character’s personality. The writing that speaks to the reader contains a characteristic known as voice. The concept of voice has an effect on personal writing which is organized into groups. The short story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros or other literary works can be categorized into three literary devices including word choice, grammatical structure, and sensory details.

Different literary works are divided into word choice. To begin with, Sandra Cisneros shows diction in “Eleven.” Readers can detect diction when Cisneros writes, “a thousand of years old” (p. 19) since it implies that the sweater is old and worn-out. Another example the writer talks about is “far away like a runaway balloon” (p.20) which shows the character’s analogy towards the embarrassment she feels for what occurred that day in school since she wants the day to never be mentioned again. Furthermore, diction is also seen in other poems such as “Oranges” by Gary Soto. The author describes the porch’s light as if it “burned yellow” (p. 22) suggesting that the characters could see everything clearly since the light was so bright. Soto mentioned “cars hissing past” (p.23) the characters as they walked, meaning that they were walking slow compared to the people in their cars. Lastly, “Why Couldn’t I Have Been Named Ashley?” by Imma Achilike uses word choice within its writing as well. For instance, “COOL NAME=POPULARITY” (p. 10) shows that the character thought would lead to instant popularity, but what she doesn’t take in mind when she makes this assumption is that her name is actually a one-of-a-kind name that has a significant meaning behind that explains her family’s history. Achilike...
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