RCL #3 Writing From a War

From pages 116-123 of Addario’s book, the text is exceedingly interesting. This is somewhat due to the immense amount of potential violence but mostly because of how Addario portrays it.

First, Addario manifests into written language the palpable tension by utilizing syntax. Her sentence structure during questioning (page 118) displays a quick back-and-forth conversation by being concise. Furthermore, she choses to use quotes to draw in the audience into the first person narrative. Addario could have easily summarized this part, but its importance is emphasized by the expert usage of syntax.

Second, Addario illustrates the vivid scene by carefully manipulating diction. For example, she repeats the phrase “Oh my God” ten times on page 118. This depicts the intensity of the moment. It beckons to be recognized due to its repetition; a reader can’t ignore this.

Most importantly is Addario’s use of italicization in this section. It separates her innermost thoughts from the outside world, a peak into the mind of the author. A technique that builds an emotional connection between the reader and author, the italicization plays an important role in understanding not only the scene, but also her character development.

In my own writing, I can easily incorporate Addario’s techniques regarding syntax and diction.

I am blogging about law and the Supreme Court; thus, the structure of words is of utmost importance. The power of innocence and guilt, lies within the accuser or defender’s rhetoric. To accurately convey a case I must employ syntax and diction with great caution and skill.For example, I can use diction when persuading the reader that my point is correct. If a person or institution is guilty, I can lace the text with the word “guilty”.

Overall, Addario is an outstanding author, both with the camera and the pen. She is a perfect picture to base my own art off of.

1 Thought.

  1. I completely agree that Addario’s use of repetition helps convey how intense the capture is and the italicized sections that provide the readers an insight into Addario’s mind further the same idea. This stream of consciousness technique fosters a bond between the audience and Addario, as you mentioned, but the constant flow of Addario’s thoughts also make the reading more compelling, since the lack of proper punctuation (such as the repetition of “Oh my God”) contrasts the rest of the story so it draws readers in more. I’m curious as to see how you will incorporate Addario’s method of syntax and diction into your blog. You could easily sway your readers from neutral ground on a case if you wield your words correctly.

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