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Pre-assessment Different writing styles appeal to different audiences. In an excerpt from, The Life of Samuel Johnson , by James Boswell, Boswell distinguishes between the two very different writing styles of Joseph Addison and Samuel Johnson. Boswell believes both are very esteemed writers but it is evident Boswell favors Johnson’s style over Addison’s. Boswell conveys his perspective on both styles with diction and devices, namely similes and metaphors. At first Boswell defends Addison against claims made on Addison’s writing style as “nerveless and feeble” compared to that of Johnson’s. In his passage, Boswell considers the social position from which Addison is writing from. He states “Addison writes with the ease of a gentleman”, indicating Addison’s style has a casual, eloquent, and polite manner. Addison’s style is flowing and easygoing like a conversation, indicating that he writes the way he speaks. He is more like an “accomplished companion” and does not write like he is above his audience
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2008 for the course HIST 303 taught by Professor Warm during the Fall '08 term at American.

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