Character Analysis Essay Quoyle

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Vanessa Waarvik Mrs. Doucette English Honors / Pre – AP 27 January 2012 Quoyle Analysis Essay Everyone endures ridicule from others, but what most people don’t realize is how much it actually affects the person you’re ‘teasing’. This ‘teasing’ can lower many things in a person including their confidence and pride in themselves. In The Shipping News, Annie Proulx portrays Quoyle as a very self conscious character because of his appearance by using diction, imagery, and figurative language. Using diction Proulx implements words that describe Quoyle as a character who is always concerned about his appearance because of wandering eyes and his highly noticeable features. Throughout the piece the author uses specific words to emphasize something or give it more life. One example from The Shipping News is when Proulx writes “As a child he invented stratagems to deflect stares; a smile, down-cast gaze, the right hand darting up to cover the chin,” and in there she includes words like ‘stratagems’, and ‘darting’ that conveys how the character had different tactics when being glanced at because he was so uncomfortable with his chin. The diction she uses conveys simple ideas into something far beyond that; she includes detailed observation to enhance her piece of work. Another good example of Proulx’s diction is where is emphasizes the size of Quoyle’s chin, “The monstrous chin, a freakish shelf jutting from the lower face.” She used the word ‘monstrous’, meaning that something that is extremely large and often seen in a way that is ugly and frightening, instead of a word like ‘big’ or ‘large’. The word she chose has more of an impact than the other more simple words I listed. You don’t always have to use giant, complicated words to get your point across, but sometimes they’re able to give more detail and have a better impact than a more generic word. In addition

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