What is Style???? Fashion styles: Formal and dressy Casual Preppy Athletic Gothic
What is Literary Style? The literary element that describes the ways in which the author uses words Word Choice Figurative Language Sentence Structure Create mood, images and meaning in the text
Remember Fashion Style? Literary style = the clothes that a text puts on ANALOGY Information underneath = the person’s body Specific words, structures, and arrangements = clothes So, just as we can dress one person in several different fashions, we can dress a single message in several different literary styles…
Literary Style is how the author describes events, objects, and ideas… Example: Original: “No sich uh thing!” Tea Cake retorted. Informal: “Nothing like that ever happened,” Tea Cake replied. Formal: “With great fortune, that happenstance did not become a reality,” Tea Cake stated. Archaic: “Verily, it was a circumstance, to be noted, that appeared not to so much have been a reality as to have evolved as a thing that had not yet come to be,” Tea Cake impelled.
What Literary Style Does… Literary style influences how we interpret the facts that are presented. Wording and phrasing can tell us about emotions in the scene, the setting, and characters. Consider the differences between the following sentences: He passed away. He’s sleeping with the fishes. He died. He’s gone to meet his Maker. He kicked the bucket.
Elements of Literary Style Sentence structure Pace Vocabulary Figures of Speech Use of Dialogue Tone Paragraph/Chapter Structure Time Sequencing/Chronology Point of View Character Development Allusions Word Color/Sound
Sentence Structure What To Look For…… Long or short? Subordinate clauses or fragments? Digressions or interruptions?
Pace and Time Sequencing/Chronology What To Look For… Pace: Heavily descriptive Emphasis on setting and atmosphere Action and plot movement Time Sequencing/Chronology: Organization
Vocabulary and Figures of Speech What To Look For… Vocabulary: Wording? Technical, flowery, colloquial, cerebral, punning, obscure? Figures of Speech: Metaphors, similes, or symbols? Figurative language?
Use Of Dialogue What To Look For… Does dialogue tell the story? Do we see the whole conversation or just fragments? Does the conversation use slang or is it formal? Does the conversation appear natural or contrived?
Point Of View What To Look For… First person? Omniscient? Limited omniscient/Third person? Objective?
Tone What To Look For… Author’s attitude? Mood? Sarcastic ? Aggressive? Pessimistic? Hopeful? Bitter? Confused? Excited? Detached? Where is it visible in the story?
Paragraph/Chapter Structure What To Look For… Short or long paragraphs? Short or long chapters? Chapter organization and number?
Allusions and Word Color/Sound What To Look For… Allusions: Myths, symbols, famous figures, historical events, quotations Word Color/Sound: Alliteration, rhythm, unusual word choice, onomatopoeia
Character Development What To Look For… Introduction? Evolution? Functions and motivations? Round? Flat? Stock? Static? Dynamic? Foil?
And That’s Literary Style Now let’s look at the style of Gaston Leroux…