Essay 1: Prose Analysis
In approximately 650-750 words, state the main ideas of the passage and how these relate to the work as a whole, and then analyse the style to indicate the effects of the stylistic devices. This stylistic analysis could include the following elements: figurative language, rhetorical devices, diction, and sentence structure. Not all of these elements will be equally prevalent in each passage. Focus on the most pertinent elements in the passage you have chosen, and deal with the most obvious characteristics first.
Reading the passage aloud will help to make the effects of the sounds, the sentence structure, and the diction more apparent. Considering the following questions will also help to determine which elements are most prominent in your passage.
Identify and explain the effect of any similes, metaphors, personification. Is there a pervasive pattern of images, or several related images? How do they convey theme?
Does the author use parallelism, repetition, and antithesis? Is there alliteration, consonance or assonance in the passage? Is there onomatopoeia?
Are the words concrete or abstract, colloquial or formal? Are they pervasively monosyllabic or
polysyllabic (more than one syllable)? Is there a preponderance of nouns, adjectives, or verbs? Are the verbs active or passive?
Are the sentences long or short? Are they simple, complex, or compound sentences? Do they use parallelism for effect? Are there any incomplete or run-on sentences?
Now it is your turn. Analyse ONE of the three following excerpts. Please submit the final copy to your
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3. Sinclair Ross, "The Lamp at Noon," The Harbrace Anthology of Short Fiction, 160.
And always the wind, the...