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Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
Diction – part 2
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Diction – part 2

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  • 1. Diction Part 2 English Composition
  • 2. Do you remember what diction is? <ul><li>It is simply word choice. Words are critical when you are writing because they are your symbols to convey meaning to the reader. You shape the reader’s perception with the words that you choose to use. With your words you want the reader to understand your experiences and see them through your eyes. </li></ul>
  • 3. Diction depends on <ul><li>purpose, occasion, and topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you writing to convince, entertain, inform or plead? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you writing a scholarly paper, work of fiction, editorial or greeting card for a friend? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you writing about a specialized topic that needs sophisticated terminology or language? </li></ul>
  • 4. Let&apos;s Practice
  • 5. <ul><li>Consider the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, the United States Army, thirsting for revenge, was prowling the country north and west of the Black Hills, killing Indians wherever they could be found. </li></ul><ul><li>Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee </li></ul><ul><li>What are the connotations of thirsting? What feelings are evoked by this diction? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the connotations of prowling? What kinds of animals prowl? What attitude toward the U.S. Army does this diction convey? </li></ul>
  • 6. <ul><li>3. Use an eating or drinking verb in a sentence which expresses anger about a parking ticket. Do not use the verb to literally express eating or drinking. Instead, express your anger through the verb. Use Brown’s sentence as a model. </li></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>Consider this example: </li></ul><ul><li>Most men wear their belts low here, there being so many outstanding bellies, some big enough to have names of their own and be formally introduced. Those men don’t suck them in or hide them in loose shirts; they let them hang free , they pat them, they stroke them as they stand around and talk. </li></ul><ul><li>Garrison Keillor, “Home,” Lake Woebegon Days </li></ul><ul><li>4. What is the usual meaning of outstanding ? What is its meaning here? What does this pun reveal about the attitude of the author toward his subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Read the second sentence again. How would the level of formality change if we changed suck to pull and let them hang free to accept them? </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>6. Write a sentence or two describing an unattractive but beloved relative. In your description, use words that describe the unattractive features honestly yet reveal that you care about this person, that you accept and even admire him or her, complete with defects. Use Keillor’s description as a model. Throw in a pun if you can think of one. </li></ul>
  • 9. <ul><li>Consider this example: </li></ul><ul><li>Once I am sure there’s nothing going on </li></ul><ul><li>I step inside, letting the door thud shut. </li></ul><ul><li>What feelings are evoked by the word thud ? </li></ul><ul><li>How would the meaning change if the speaker let the door slam shut? </li></ul>
  • 10. Make a chart on your paper like the one below and complete it. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. Feeling evoked by the verb Verbs expressing the closing of a door

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