Language

Style of language

The short story “The Escape” by Qaisra Shahraz is written in a formal style. The narration does not use slang or contractions, and the vocabulary is quite advanced. For instance: 

He waited; heartbeat accelerating. When there was a lull in the lively conversation he ventured to inform his family, licking his dry lips carefully. (…) Complete silence greeted his words. (…) Discomforted and not knowing what was the right thing to say, they prudently ended the discussion. (pp 3-4, ll. 39-16)

The style of language creates a serious tone, mirroring the mood of the main character. 

The story contains many Pakistani terms which give the text a local color. Some of these terms refer to traditional foods, such as “sewayian and chana chaat” (p. 1...

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