Style Essay

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Theresa Stanford Professor Hood English 101 25 January 2014 Paper #3 Style of Writing Writing style is the way something is written instead of the meaning of what is written. According to author E.B. White “style is affected by the author’s mood, intended audience, knowledge on the topic, attitude toward the topic, environment and state of consciousness” (75). If a group of thirty students, all in some ways similar, put in the same environment, taught by the same teacher using the same techniques, you will still have thirty different styles in writing. In this meaning, the argument about the essence of style is very much like the nature verses nurture argument. I believe that a certain amount of one’s style is just how they are hardwired. White’s, style has its foundation in the basic guidelines on what constitutes good writing. For example, in the section of the Albums of Style in the Norton Reader several ideas are discussed as having impact on one’s writing style. Some of the points that stood out to me after reading the entries are, interest is clarity, and consistency, which were aspects that made me think in a particular way as important in they both seem to work. All the authors I read held different perspectives on what constitutes good style, but nonetheless, there are areas of common ground between them. In addition, the texts written in all the entries I read in the Norton Reader seem to target to different audiences, one in particular was Ernest Hemingway’s: From a Farewell to Arms. The way he writes has a very distinctive style; it is simple yet direct, and unadorned. “He avoids the adjectives whenever possible; he is a master at transmitting emotion without the flowery pose of his Victorian novelist predecessors” (Cliff notes 5.) Hemmingway knows how to tickle your imagination, his descriptions of characters are direct and void.

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