Analysis Of George Saunders ' Language

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By juxtaposing thought-like text that reads as an internal voice with telegraphic and candid statements, George Saunders’ language in Pastoralia remains rather structurally consistent; however, works to convey various sentiments through dictional and contextual differences. Whether the sentiment be darkly humorous, hopefully despairing, or regretfully reflective, George Saunders depicts the malaise of everyday life as dystopian. With a minimalistic science fiction setting, the idea that our current lives will soon resemble or are beginning to resemble Pastoralia slowly becomes digestible. The humor, though a reprieve from the heart-wrenching moments, merely underscores the deplorable conditions these characters have accepted and the pride they have relinquished. Does this not ring true for the the aimless office worker on the grind from nine to five? The hopeful despair–believing that the pieces will fall into place despite the implausibility–reminds us that the characters cannot be fully rational for that would be an act of surrender. And finally, the narrator’s moments of regretful reflection force a reader to look back and question the decisions he has made. The narrator thinks, “what have I done”; the reader thinks, “Is this me? Is this what our society has come to?” Using specific moments in Pastoralia, the differing emotions the consistent syntactical structures inspire will be highlighted. The letters from the heads of Pastoralia and the characters’ responses will be
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