Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' Shooting An Elephant ' Essay

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Tone: the attitude toward the subject and audience that is implied in literature.
Example: In “Shooting an Elephant”, George Orwell states “The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men of the men who have been flogged with bamboos…” (50 essays Pg.277)
Function: The gruesome tone here brings out a dark feeling from the author to the reader. Without this the message would not have come across as strongly as the author intended.

Syntax: how chosen words are used to form a sentence.
Example: “Laila peeked from the top of the stairs. She watched the stranger sit down with her parents. He leaned toward them. Said a few muttered words. Then Babi’s face was white, and getting whiter, and he was looking at his hands, and Mammy was screaming...” as stated in “A thousand splendid suns” by “Khaled Hosseini” (Pg. 137)
Function: Khaled Hosseini uses short syntax to communicate in a powerful and concise manner. The way he separates the last sentence emphasizes the actions and reactions that are taking place. It adds a sense of suspense to the reader.

Rhetorical question: a question that you ask without expecting an answer; more often than not the question does not have an actual answer.
Example: “Why had he not kissed her when he held her there?” As stated by Edith Wharton (Ethan Frome Pg. 35)
Function: The question by the character, Ethan Frome, emphasizes the point of him…

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