Similar to the assignment from next week, you must analyze style. This time, however, you are exploring the style of your author, rather than just the novel you are currently reading. This will require you to look up at least one other novel from the same author. An effective analysis of authorial style will require you to:
- Identify patterns of word use, sentence type, imagery, mood, tone, genre, character, conflict, setting, etc
- You DO NOT have to use all of these for style. Select the ones that seem most consistent between novels.
- Determine how to characterize the author by the patterns you see.
- Does your author primarily put emotionally fragile heroines in physically demanding conflicts?
- Do his settings and plots reveal an interest in the unreal?
- Can her plots be described as grim road trips through common fears?
- Do their diction and imagery highlight the conflicts facing the protagonists?
- Remember that your response must be fully developed.
- Include an introduction paragraph that identifies your source, provides some context, and makes a statement which you will prove (that thesis)
- Use support paragraphs that prove your thesis point by point, with each paragraph having its own purpose and topic
- Conclude with a statement that wraps up main ideas and clarifies the significance of the style and/or author you have explored
Reference the Sample Style Analysis Essay (page 129) if you need a model.