Style of language

The choice of words indicates an informal style of writing. Certain informal expressions, such as “blinged-up” (l. 38), are used. Contractions such as “wasn’t” “you’re” “don’t”, etc. are present throughout the text. They are mainly used in dialogue, giving it authenticity and conveying a feeling of familiarity between the characters.

Certain words are written in italics to show emphasis. “ ‘I like you sometimes, Daddy (…)’ ” (ll. 74-75), “that was the debt which had to be paid back in suffering” (ll. 87-88).


Imagery is present throughout the text and is usually constructed in connection with the characters and the setting. The author makes use of vivid and descriptive language which appeals to human senses to add depth.

The story opens with complex imagery that appeals to various senses:

The tube journey had been one of the most desolate Mike had endured, and he’d been looking forward to opening the door into the warm hall, hearing the voices of his wife and children, and seeing the cat come down the stairs to rub itself against him (ll. 1-3).

Here, we have imagery that appeals to emotion (“the most desolate Mike had endured”), tactile imagery that appeals to touch (“warm hall,” “to rub itself against him”), auditory imagery that appeals to sound (“hearing the voices of his wife and children”), and visual imagery that appeals to the sense of sight (“seeing the cat come down the stairs”). With the use of imagery, the author draws the reader’s attention one sense at a time, immersing the r...

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