Style of language

The language used in the short story “Another Community” by Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Narayan is neutral and easy to follow. 

When it comes to the choice of words, note that the narrative introduces words and expressions with negative meanings, such as: “fire, sword, and loot” (p. 285, ll. 6-7), “assassin” (p. 285, l. 13), “fear and suspicion” (p. 285, l. 16), “sneaky and secretive” (p. 285, ll. 12-13), “hacked” (p. 284, l. 37). These words illustrate the man’s increasing anxiety and fear of a conflict between the two communities.

The repetition of “another community” (p. 284, ll. 32-33, l. 35) suggests that the man is shocked to discover that he has many friends and acquaintances who belong to the rival community: “But now he saw them in a new...

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