Style Analysis Essays



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Writing an Introduction


1. The introduction will begin with the thesis, but your readers will often need additional background information including a summary of the main parts of the story. It is important to keep the introduction short, so that you have more time for the body paragraphs.

Example for The Rattler



In “The Rattler,” the remorseful and duty bound tones reflect the man’s reluctance to kill the snake, but his willingness to protect others. The man wanted to enjoy an afternoon walk in the desert, but he was worried when he saw the snake. The man felt that he had to kill the dangerous animal in order to protect the other animals and people on the ranch.
2. Please write an introduction that begins with your thesis and contains additional summary and background information.

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Important Note: The title of a short piece should be in quotation marks.

Writing a Diction Paragraph


1. Remember that diction means word choice. Words with strong connotations (feelings) can help create the tone of the story.

Example: The words plump and obese both describe a person who is overweight. Their denotation (actual meaning) is the same. But they have different connotations. The word plump is pleasant and cute. It more often describes women and children, and is more cheerful. The word obese is scientific. It is used by medical personnel and often suggests that a person is unhealthy or at risk for particular diseases.


2. Look back at The Rattler and make a list of at least 10 words or short phrases you circled. You can include figurative language. Then, explain the connotation of these words.

Words

Explanations

“Lay rigid”

Stiff, unyielding, – the snake was ready for a challenge

“Long-range attack”

Dangerous – the snake could really hurt someone





























































3. Before you start the diction paragraph, you need a topic sentence. This sentence should include the word diction and focus on words that support the tones in your thesis.

Example: The author’s diction heightens the power and force behind the snake as it responds to the man first patiently, then defensively.


Please write your topic sentence now.

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4. The next part of the sentence follows a specific pattern. You will write one example sentence with three words and phrases from your chart that are connected by your own words. They must be in quotation marks and part of a complete sentence. Then, please add two more sentences that explain the connotation of the words. These three sentences (one sentence of evidence and two of explanation) are called a chunk.

Example: When the man first saw the snake “lay rigid” in the desert, he “stopped short” because he knew the animal was capable of a “long-range attack”. This snake appeared ready for a challenge. Therefore, the man was concerned that someone may get hurt.


Please write an example sentence with three quotes from the beginning of the story followed by two sentences explaining the connotations of the words you selected.

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5. Next, please write an example sentence with three quotes from the middle to end of the story followed by two sentences explaining the connotations of the words you selected.

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6. Your conclusion sentence should complete your thoughts about diction and lead into the next paragraph – detail.

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