Preliminary Style Analysis

This post will discuss the style that author has used thus far. Probably the most notable stylistic choice that the author makes is to not use quotation marks when characters are talking. At first this made it somewhat difficult to understand the dialogue parts, but as the story progressed it became easier. This style forces the reader to really pay attention to what they are reading. It is easy to lose track of who is talking at any given time because of this.  It is also very easy to mistake dialogue as description if you do not pay close attention to the words. This style also adds to the feel of the book. I say this because it is by no means a dialogue driven book. It focuses mainly on description of what is going in the story. The absence of quotation marks makes even the dialogue seem like a description. Dialogue is really only used as a means of moving the story along. Another thing to note is that the author often uses long, drawn out paragraphs in peaceful times, but shortened and choppy paragraphs when a lot is going on. This is a very good device to give the reader a better feel of what is happening in the story. It makes you feel as if you are actually resting in a town, or fighting off a band of Indians. The last interesting thing about this book that I will put in this post is the vignette at the beginning of each chapter. It will give the reader a summary of what will happen in a slew of words or phrases. A shortened example f this would be:  meets the captain- sells his mule- gets separated from group- Nacogdoches. It is just a brief summary telling you what will happen. I think that the author does this to emphasize that it’s not what happens, its how it happens that matters, and i think that idea will be expressed more an d more strongly as the story progresses.


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