Linguistic Elements in Fictional Works between Angelou and Stowe


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Linguistic Elements in Fictional Works between Angelou and Stowe
Linguistic elements in fictional works often make the difference between great literature and efforts that do not stand the test of time. With respect to two works that have stood the test of time, the following discussion compares and contrasts the linguistics of Maya Angelou’s I know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Dialect of Characters and how it reveals Social Status, Gender, Education Level, and Race
In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, author Harriet Beecher Stowe makes use of language dialects as a way of revealing social status, gender, education level, and race. The main character, Uncle Tom, for instance is a humble and God...
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..... not so religiously charged. Both authors also make use of figurative language, but Angelou’s work is primarily prosaic in nature. Finally, both authors make use of word play and humor, but Angelou departs from the stereotypical depiction of Blacks found in Stowe’s work.
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