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  • Essay Diction Tone And Syntax Quiz
    1. What is diction? (5 points) an author's word choice words that are inverted connotation in dialect formal language in poetry 2. Which of the following lines from John Muir's "The Calypso Borealis" shows an example of dialect? (10 points) "I wish you would write me, say once a year," I sat down beside it and fairly cried for joy. How long I sat beside Calypso I don't know. "What were ye doin' there?" 3. Read the following paragraph from John Muir's "The Calypso Borealis"...
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  • Death of Salesman Analysis - 1517 Words
    1. Title of Work: Death of a Salesman 2. Author and Date Written: Arthur Miller, 1948 3. Country of Author: United States 4. Major Characters: a. Willy, the protagonist in the play, is a self conscious, insecure, and prideful, habitual liar. Through the play, Willy lies both to himself and those around him, saying things like, “Business is bad, it’s murderous. But not for me, of course.” Here he says that his business is going well, when it is clear that it is the complete opposite...
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  • Target Audiences and Stylistic Technique: Lynda Hurst Versus Allan Hutchinson
    Lynda Hurst and Allan C. Hutchinson both have different thoughts about the topic of surrogates. Their articles consist of stylistic techniques that are used to attract readers from two dissimilar audiences: Lynda's audience is directed towards the average person, where as Allan's audience targets a more higher educated reader. Both authors use different types of diction, structure and reasoning to capture their intended audiences. Lynda and Allan both use two distinct choices of words in...
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  • A Marriage Quite Like an Arch
    Rachel Schwartz Professor Glenn, John ENC1102 May 31, 2014 A Marriage Quite Like an Arch John Ciardi’s poem “Most Like an Arch This Marriage”. Ciardi uses symbolism, similes, metaphors, and imagery when comparing marriage to an arch. Marriage is about strength, when two connections come together and meet each other in the middle to form a strong bond as they uphold one another. The poem describes marriage as an archway that can withstand the forces of nature and gain its...
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  • Izzy Paper - 296 Words
    Jonathon Edwards delivered a powerfully fear enhancing sermon to the people of Enfield, Connecticut during the time of the Great Awakening. His diction choices helped him in conveying his Puritan idea of an angry God. The words are harsh, dark, and intimidating with the intention for the people to be frightened by His higher power. In order to achieve such a strong message he uses words such as “fiery…wrath…fury…damned…abominable…and venomous serpent” to do so. When comparing all those words...
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  • Ap English Grade 11 Power Packet
    HOW TO WRITE: AP Rhetorical Analysis Paragraphs and Essays Things you must know in order to accurately analyze a text: 1. SOAPS 2. Rhetorical Strategies a. Appeals (ethos, logos, pathos) b. Style (diction, syntax, details, imagery, tone, etc.) 3. Why did the author choose these strategies for the particular audience, occasion, and/or purpose? a. This is the analysis part! Without this, you are merely summarizing the text. b. Think about these questions: i. HOW do the rhetorical...
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  • The History Teacher Billy Collins
    NOTE: Go to assignment directions on page 2: “Prove This Claim.” You do NOT have to answer the questions because we’ve already done them in class. The History Teacher (Billy Collins) Trying to protect his students’ innocence he told them the Ice Age was really just the chilly Age, a period of a million years when everyone had to wear sweaters. And the Stone Age became the Gravel Age, named after the long driveways of the time. The Spanish Inquisition was nothing more ...
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  • A Rhetorical Analysis of "Repent Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman" by Harlan Ellison
    Conformity. Noah Webster defines it as "action in accordance with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.". When a man conforms he displays obedience towards the regulations of the society into which he has been planted. Harlan Ellison writes of conformity in his epic entitled "'Repent Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman". And it is through his piece that he paints the idea of non-conformism. Ellison implements in media res organization, crafts a programmed society, interpolates...
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  • An Explication of Eavan Boland's "The Necessity for Irony
    Eavan Boland's poem "The Necessity for Irony" begins in narrative tone, when on a unremarkable Sunday Eavan, with her daughter, go browsing for antiques in town. However, by the end of the poem, Eavan's tone is lyrical, as she sends an apostrophe to the "spirit of irony," asking it to "reproach" her for focusing on antiques rather than what was truly beautiful, her child. Her dramatic shift in tone is slow and accomplished using various techniques. In the first stanza of "The Necessity for...
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  • Poem analysis: dolor by theodore roethke
    Dolor In the English language “dolor” means to be in a state of great sorrow or distress, the poem further extends this definition by describing the melancholy an office job can cause. Loneliness, anguish, mind-numbing repetitiveness, all of these things is what an office worker must deal with on an almost daily basis. The poem gives an understanding of the how the workers feel while doing their jobs, the personification of the office supplies could metaphorical be the feeling of the workers,...
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  • Macbeth Newspaper - 436 Words
    Body Paragraphs (rough draft) One way Jewett dramatizes the character of the young girls adventure is by using personification. Jewett uses personification. Personification gives human qualities to objects as a way of describing them to strengthen the description. In the story A White Heron Jewett uses personification when she says “There was the huge tree asleep yet in the paling moonlight.” Jewett here is showing the tree as a peaceful tree sleeping under the moonlight. “It must truly have...
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  • Rhetorical Analysis of “About Men”
    Rhetorical Analysis of “About Men” In her essay, “About Men” (1984), Gretel Ehrlich claims that men are not as tough as they seem. Ehrlich creates the framework of her essay through casual analysis, imagery, and tone. Through the use of personal experiences and first person perspective, she shows casual analysis. Through her word choice and specific details, imagery is shown. And through the use of specific details, tone is revealed. Ehrlich’s essay is written in a casual analysis of how...
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  • Of Mice and Men - 377 Words
    Juxtaposition * Lenie and Curley, Lennie and Crooks, George and Lennie, and Lennie and Curley's Wife Lennie and Curley = Lennie, being big and gentle, is juxtaposed with Curley, being small and mean and nasty, to show how these two clash because of their differences. With Curley being the mean guy in the book it makes Lennie look more innocent than he already is. For example when Curley was beating up Lennie, your anger towards Curley and your sympathy for Lennie both increased. Why?...
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  • Yooooooooooooo - 1349 Words
    Rubric: Narrative This rubric is intended to inform students of how the paper grade will be weighed between different elements of the paper. The rubric should also provide students with a general idea of what is considered A, B, C, D, and F quality work. While I refer to this rubric while grading, it is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of my grading system. Narrative elements Plot—Details and Organization (15) 14-15 The plot is structured and details are organized so that...
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  • Strange Meeting - 340 Words
    La’Monta Smith 11/19/12 AP Lit and Comp Strange Meeting By Wilfred Owen In Strange Meeting wrote by Wilfred Owen we enter this poem Owen seemingly escapes out of a battle with very little knowledge of where he is exactly at. After exploratory investigation among the many piteous men and surroundings he discovers he is in the pits of hell. Afterwards, we are drawn into a conversation between the narrator and a fellow...
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  • "Of Mice and Men" Commentary: Description of Crooks' Barn
    The passage is from "Of Mice and Men". Steinbeck describes Crooks' room for the first time. In this passage, Steinbeck is illustrating Crooks' barn to the reader as the setting on the passage. First, he describes everything in detail that is located in Crooks' barn while using powerful diction to clarify Crooks' character. Second, he describes Crooks' barn as his source of his pride and self-respect while reinstating his loneliness. Third, Steinbeck uses sound imagery to foreshadow and to set...
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  • "The Lesson" by Toni Bambara
    In the short story, "The Lesson," Toni Bambara reveals the injustice in society in the United States through the eyes of young ghetto children. A field trip to an expensive toy store exposes the bitter truth of society; not everyone has an equal opportunity to make money. In the children's view, everyone should have an equal standard of living. Toni Bambara effectively articulates the unfairness of economic inequality through the use of three short story elements: language, character, and...
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  • Emotion and Thomas G. Plummer
    Cheyenne Pruett Ms. Mitchell College Composition October 8, 2013 Ophelia? Thomas G. Plummer, in his essay “Diagnosing and Treating the Ophelia Syndrome” argues that the system we use for teaching today takes away students ability to think for themselves. Plummer proves his argument with loads of examples of students conforming to others to take the easy way out. In Plummers essay he points out ways to treat this syndrome and stop all ignorant people from ruining the minds of...
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  • Word and Overall Emotional Power
    Diction, Imagery, Detail, and Syntax (DIDS) in Poetry—Worksheet Instructions: Analyze the text you selected and fill out the following worksheet in detail. Provide specific examples from the text that support your analysis. 1.Write the title of the text you have analyzed here: "The Odyssey" 2.List at least three examples of diction in the text that add to the overall tone. Explain how each word contributes to the emotional power of the piece. Three examples of diction would...
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  • A Literary Analysis of How to Tell a True War Story
    A Literary Analysis of How to Tell a True War Story The short story that will be discussed, evaluated, and analyzed in this paper is a very emotionally and morally challenging short story to read. Michael Meyer, author of the college text The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, states that the author of How to Tell a True War Story, Tim O’Brien, “was drafted into the Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart” (472). His experiences from the Vietnam War have stayed with him, and he...
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  • 12 angry men - 428 Words
    Reginald Rose, the author of 12 Angry Men, writes his book using complex characters and word choice that effects their characterization. In the book 12 Angry Men Reginald Rose uses abrupt but cultured text is straightforward picturesque at the same time when talking about his characters. Roses denotation and connotation affects his characters and their attitudes throughout the entire book. When he explains his characters thoughts and actions it helps portray them differently from each other. In...
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  • Momaday’s Memoir - 323 Words
    Momaday uses this memoir to document, not only the end of his grandmother’s life, but also the “end” of several ways of life for the Kiowa people by constructing this world for the reader as if the reader had been there himself. Momaday begins his memoir with strong and descriptive word choice illustrating Rainy Mountain. Each sentence acting as a brushstroke in the reader’s mind, the paragraph painting an elaborate picture, the reader feels as if he has been dropped into the setting....
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  • Ap Language Fundamental Terms Study Guide
    Fundamental Terms Study Guide – Vina Nguyen – December 1, 2012 Definition Conceptual, generalized, philosophical. Brings out hidden meaning. The subject of the sentence completes the action. Ignores real issue by turning attention to the individual, often in the form of a person attack. The repetition of identical, initial consonant sounds at the beginning of successive words. A passing reference to a famous person, place, or thing; whether it‟s a he, she, real, mythological, or literal....
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  • Tim O'Brien's the Things They Carried
    Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is not a novel about the Vietnam War. It is a story about the soldiers and their experiences and emotions that are brought about from the war. O'Brien makes several statements about war through these dynamic characters. He shows the violent nature of soldiers under the pressures of war, he makes an effective antiwar statement, and he comments on the reversal of a social deviation into the norm. By skillfully employing the stylistic technique of...
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  • Examining the structure and style of Betty Rollin's essay "Motherhood.
    In the essay "Motherhood: Who Needs It?" Betty Rollins does not use the most effective structure and style to argue against what she believes is the "motherhood myth" (203). Rollins opposes the idea that having children is something that all women should want, and need to do instinctively. She feels that women are having babies for all the wrong reasons, and attempts to set a few things straight about motherhood itself. Though her argument may be passionate, the organization, diction, and...
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  • The Rattler Essay - 1631 Words
    Literary Terms to Know Literary Term | Words that mean the same or can be used in conjunction with the term. | Style Analysis | Author’s use of styleAuthor’s use of languageAuthor’s use of rhetorical strategies | Tone | Mood, Attitude | Diction | Word Choice, Language, Figurative Language,Figures of Speech | Detail | Imagery | Point of View | Narrator, Perspective | Organization | Narrative Structure: chronological order, cause and effect, order of importance, flash-forward,...
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  • Stargirl, Book - 309 Words
    Stargirl by: Jerry Spinelli Spinelli uses a variety of meanings to show how a girl named Stargirl, struggles her way through the tenth grade as an abnormal teen. He uses imagery, diction, tone, and voice to narrow down how Stargirl relates to everybody else. The way Spinelli uses imagery is to make a picture with words. For instance, Spinelli makes Leo describe Stargirl; “ She wore an off-white dress so long it covered her shoes. It had ruffles around the neck and cuffs and...
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