Style of language

The short story “A Raven Flies South” by Gord Bruyere is written in a neutral style. The narration uses contractions, and the style is casual, which gives the story a natural feel. For instance: “He didn’t believe her about that at first, but she is right. He isn’t sure if using cereal is as good as tobacco but he didn’t want to steal any of Mom’s cigarettes.” (p. 23, ll. 23-26). 

The style of language reflects Raven’s worldview, sometimes highlighting his limited perspective. For instance, Raven remembers his grandmother telling him: “ ‘You have to approach these times like a warrior with serious intent’ ” (p. 23, l. 8). Raven is unfamiliar with the word ‘intent’, so he relates it to a similar word he does know: ‘tent’. Therefore, his grandmother’s words confuse him: “the only tent he had was the saggy orange pup tent rotting in the backyard. That doesn’t make any sense. He knows the word serious though.” (p. 23, ll. 10-11). This suggests that, while Raven still has the thought patterns and knowledge of a child, he knows that he will have to adopt an adult perspective.

Occasionally the language becomes poetic, especially when the landscape is de...

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