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Diction

“Most of dese zigaboos is so het up over yo’ business till they liable to hurry theyself to Judgement to find out about you if they don’t soon know” ( Hurston 7)”.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. New York: Perennial Library, 1990

Notes- The  best part about this sentence is that the unique type of diction that Hurston uses is represented. The vernacular is different and it exemplifies the time period in which the novel took place.

 

Expected, Unexpectedly

“She was sorry, and she knew he would probably not be able to understand, but  might some day forgive her, and be grateful to her, and she expected , absolutely  unexpectedly, to be married in the spring”. (pg. 66)

 

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York, NY: Scribner, 2003.

Notes- play on words, usage of excessive commas, run-on sentence, use of diction by author, regret, apology,

 

Portrait of Innocence

O, I say, here’s a fellow who says he kisses his mother every night before he goes to bed. The other fellows stopped their game and turned round, laughing Stephen blushed under their eyes and said  –I do not. Wells said: –O, I say, here is a fellow who says he doesn’t kiss his mother before he goes to bed. They all laughed again. Stephen tried to laugh again. He felt his whole body hot and confused in a moment. What was the right answer to the question? (pg 7)

His mother kissed him. Was that right? (pg 11)

Joyce, James. a portrait of the artist as a young man. New York City: Dover Thrift Editions, 1994. Print.

Notes: Both passages show Stephen confusion as a young child who feels lost in a new environment. He is a new student and cannot seem to fit in and does not know what the other children aspect of him so that he could fit in with the rest. His innocence is very apparent in both passages because as a young student in a new school he just wants to make friends and fit in with the rest of the students. These passages can be related universally because everyone has been through this kind of experience.

Luck

—that is to within reach of the dim day
constituted by their discretions and privacies—the object of value the hiding-place of which he had, after putting it into the ground himself, so strangely, so long forgotten. The rare luck of his having again just stumbled
on the spot made him indifferent to any other question;

Beast in the Jungle-

Henry James http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/hjames/beastjungle.pdf

Notes- luck,value,rare,indifferent, question,discretion,james, beast, jungle

Discutable

Only a short time ago it might have been supposed that the
English novel was not what the French call discutable. It had no
air of having a theory, a conviction, a consciousness of itself
behind it—of being the expression of an artistic faith, the result
of choice and comparison. I do not say it was necessarily the
worse for that; it would take much more courage than I possess
to intimate that the form of the novel, as Dickens and Thackeray
(for instance) saw it had any taint of incompleteness. (pg 1

Henry James, The Art of Fiction

Notes- Criticizing, lack of,foreign terminology