Style of writing

In his article “ ‘I can’t breathe’: why George Floyd’s words reverberate around the world”, Ben Okri uses formal language and adopts a serious tone, which matches the serious topic he is discussing. He often uses complex words and phrases, such as “This time it is epochal. Language taps into primal fears” (l. 14). 

When it comes to sentence structure, Okri relies on longer sentences when he discusses complex ideas, such as: 

By small degrees, what is innocently thought of as minor variations of a hierarchy of being human slowly becomes degenerates into allowing one set of people to suffer and endure conditions that another set of people would not tolerate, for a second, for themselves. (ll. 56-60)

 This helps him ensure that the complex ideas he presents...

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