Language and style


The story “The Model Millionaire” by Oscar Wilde respects the classical style of Oscar Wilde’s writings. It is humorous, light-hearted and sympathetic. The story starts and ends with maxims which make the message of the author very clear to the readers. The language reflects the background of the characters and the style of speaking in the Victorian age. Notice, for instance, the difference between Hughie’s language and that of the baron’s employee: “'Poor old chap! said Hughie, 'how miserable he looks! But I suppose, to you painters, his face is his fortune?'” (p. 101, ll. 28-29); “An old gentleman with gold spectacles and grey hair came into the room, and said, in a slight French accent, 'Have I the honour of addressing Monsieur Erskine?'” (p. 103, ll. 27-29)


Imagery is mostly used to depict the characters. The setting is not described but only mentioned. Notice that there is a lot of contrast in the visual images the author creates to depict Hughie and the baron: “But then he was wonderfully good-looking, with his crisp brown hair, his clear-cut profile, and his grey eyes.” (p. 99, ll. 8-11); “He was a wizened old man, with a face like wrinkled parchment, and a most piteou...

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