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DEFINITION OF STYLE, TONE, AND LANGUAGE

Style in fiction refers to the language conventions used to construct the story. A fiction writer can manipulate diction, sentence structure, phrasing, dialogue, and other aspects of language to create style. Thus a story’s style could be described as richly detailed, flowing, and barely controlled, as in the case of Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl,” or sparing and minimalist, as in the early work of Raymond Carver, to reflect the simple sentence structures and low range of vocabulary. Predominant styles change through time; therefore the time period in which fiction was written…

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