Thursday, 5/5 WHITE Assignment #7 SYNTAX pages 152- 179Choose 1 paragraph from this section and do a syntactical analysis by constructing the following chart: First 4 words in each sentence Verbs (list all) Figurative language or imagery Repetition / parallelism # of words in each sentence It was midday deep none Midday, deep in the Mojave desert None 8 Perry, sitting on a Sitting, playing Perry is sitting on a small suitcase playing a harmonica none 10 Dick was standing at Standing, force, materialize Black-surfaces highway, Dick was staring into the immaculate emptiness as if the fever of his gaze could force motorists to materialize . none 31
Few did, and none stopped none None 10 One truck driver, bound Offered, declined Choppy sentence with lots of commas none 15 That was not the wanted none None 11 They were waiting for strangle, rob, discard Solitary traveler, in a decent car with money in his billfold None 26 Then, answer each of these questions in complete sentences: What do you notice about the sentence beginnings? This paragraph is meant to explain the setting, and most sentences start with the position and action of Perry and Dick. What conclusion can you draw about the verbs used? Most of the verbs are just explaining the current actions of the killers as they await a “perfect score” to hitchhike from.How does the author make use of literal and/or figurative language? The author uses literal language mostly because he is explicitly explaining the setting, but does use figurative language to emphasize how Dick is almost like a hunter awaiting his prey -the hitchhikers- in one sentence. What kinds of images does he appeal to in this paragraph? Mostly he is just describing the emptiness of the desert. How does the repetition or parallelism affect meaning? In two of the sentences meant to be more of just a par batem description of the setting the author extends the sentences and changes the structure of the sentences to add more imagery and a sense of foreboding. This foreboding is brought on by the sentence which explains how the two travelers are anticipating an unsuspecting truck driver to give them help, and in turn take his life. What observation can you make about sentence length and variety? Most of the sentences are short and to the point, the two longer ones go into more depth and help the reader get a feel for what will soon happen. Friday 5/6 (W1/B2 W4/B5)or / Monday 5/9 (RW5 Assignment #8 DICTION pages 180- 207 Choose 1 page from this section and choose 10 words from that page. Label each word as having a positive connotation, negative connotation, or as neutral. Then, using all 10 words you have studied, answer the following questions: Is the diction formal or informal? Does it make use of colloquialisms or slang? Does it change as the point of view changes or stay consistent? 1.Serenading-positive 2.beach-neutral 3.Content-positive 4.Impress-positive 5.Clueless-negative
6.lavender-neutral 7.Motiveless- negative 8.Murder-negative 9.Slaying-negative 10. interrupted-negative The diction here is pretty formal since it is a direct description of the setting we find both killers at, and is telling what the killers are currently doing at another stop before they get caught.
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