The writting style of Faulkner and Updike in the short story "A&P" and "A Rose for Emily"

Topics: Short story, Fiction, John Updike Pages: 2 (1017 words) Published: October 28, 2014

Writing Styles of Faulkner and Updike in the Book “A&P” and “A Rose for Emily” The short stories “A&P” by John Updike and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner have different writing styles. “A Rose for Emily” is famous for using fancy long words and complicated sentences. “A&P” wants readers to see the beauty and magic of life, so he tried to describe everyday things using the most clear and beautiful language as possible. These two authors have a unique and interesting ways of writing their own stories that draws readers to read their works. In the short story “A&P” (Updike), the story is told by the narrator and protagonist. Sammy always skips back and forth using past and present tense, while in the book of “A Rose for Emily” (Faulkner) the author uses a person that is close to the main character to be the narrator, who uses flashbacks to tell most of the story. William Faulkner and John Updike uses lexical level, syntactical level and semantic level of writing the book “A&P” and “A Rose for Emily” that bring the resolution to all the drawn up conflicts. The lexical level is the level where authors uses diction or word choice that is suited to the plot of the story. Updike uses Sammy as the narrator of the story “A&P” where Sammy is a typical teenage boy in many ways. He is easily bored with his job and he is interested in girls like when the three girls entered the stores and he check the girl with “a good tan and sweet broad soft-looking” (17). The word choice that is used in the story is again, typical, of a teenage boy. In the beginning sentence of the story, Updike uses the words “You know” (18) and “Really” (18) to keep Sammy’s language colloquial and natural. It is too easy to understand and there are not any complicated and wordy passages throughout the story. On the other hand, Faulkner has a different style than Updike, Faulkner uses Jefferson the servant of Emily as the narrator of the story, “A Rose for Emily” instead...
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