The short story “Manhood” by John Wain is written in basic, colloquial English and it mixes dialogue with narrative and descriptive passages. To make the text more attractive, the author has employed several linguistic and stylistic devices, some of which we outline next:


Imagery helps readers better visualise the way in which the characters act, as well as their surroundings. The following fragment is a perfect example of kinesthetic imagery (related to movement), created with the help of numerous verbs:

Rob, falling silent, pushed doggedly at his pedals. Slowly, the pair wavered up the straight road to the top. Once there, Mr. Willison dismounted with exaggerated steadiness, laid his bicycle carefully its side, and spread his jacket on the ground before sinking down to rest. Rob slid hastily from the saddle and flung himself full-length on the grass. 

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