The Style of Writing
Writing has a way of speaking uniquely and appealing in different ways to people across the world. When we read these pieces of literature, it can spark a burst of joy or a tear of melancholy, but in order to attain these emotions and connections, the writer must use techniques to draw the reader in. These strategies and rhetorical devices must absorb the reader, heart and mind, into the book so they can make a connection of their own and, ultimately, the book can illustrate its message. Joe Meno uses some of these rhetorical devices in his own novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, to reel his readers in. In the novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, Meno uses rhetorical devices such as common and everyday diction, heart-warming pathos, and organization in order to convey his overall purpose in writing his book. Meno’s purpose is to shed light onto his message and share it with others; his message that each and every one should embrace their true individuality and accept who they came to be in society.
Joe Meno establishes a technique of using common diction, or also known as colloquialism or slang, to portray his message to the audience. In the novel, Hairstyles of the Damned, a junior at a Catholic high school, Brother Rice, named Brian Oswald, is presented as a social outcast. Brian partakes common personalities and traits along with his friends, Gretchen, Mike, and Rod. The way that Brian talks with Gretchen about people and problems, or with Mike about girls, or even with Rod about music, it displays a regular conversation friends have every day with one another. These conversations have slang and dialect that many people today are able to connect with and remember the most recent and friendly conversation they had with a family member or a friend. These types of welcoming and laid-back conversations are common, just as the one with Brian and Mike, as Mike says, “So, what should we do?” and Brian responds, “I dunno, what do you think?” and...
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