In this presentation you will find quick yet thorough explanations of the subject matter for this lesson.
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Style in a short story can be in
the form of:
Repetition of words
Active words (preferable)
The word “that” should usually be left out of writing, just like it is left out of speech. For example we would say “She knew she could do it” rather than “She knew that she could do it”
Style sets the mood for the story. It leads readers into how to read the story, enabling them to connect.
Use of diction (word choice)
Syntax (order of words in a sentence)
“ Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.” -Robert Frost
A writer’s use of language reveals his or her tone or attitude toward the subject.
For example, the tone of a story could be joyful, therefore the mood might be joyous, but not the other way around.
Watch the youtube video linked below and then choose 3 words that describe the tone.
Now watch this youtube video with all of the same images, just new music and edited differently. Do you think the tone has changed?
Click the picture above to watch Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” music video.
Irony is a contrast or discrepancy between one thing and another
Romeo & Juliet = Dramatic Irony
We (the audience) know Juliet has only taken a sleeping potion, but all of the characters think she is dead, essentially resulting in her lover Romeo’s suicide.
John Hinckley = Situational Irony
All 3 shots Hinckley fired in an attempt to kill Ronald Regan missed the President. A bullet that ricocheted off of the President’s bulletproof limousine hit Regan in the chest. Irony = the vehicle made to protect the President incidentally wounded him critically.
Writers can develop a deeper meaning in a text
It can be an effective way of engaging and involving a reader in a text
Click here for a checklist you can use to analyze an authors style Click here to access a list of different tone and mood words Click here for the “Identifying Irony” worksheet