Descriptive Language In The Contender By Robert Lipsyte

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“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” -Stephen King. Descriptive language helps to create a picture in the reader’s mind. Authors can create descriptive language through narration or dialogue. In the novel The Contender, by Robert Lipsyte, the author uses descriptive language and dialogue to develop the characters and the setting. In The Contender, the author Robert Lipsyte uses descriptive language throughout the whole story. One example of descriptive language in the story is on page 47. It says, “The second sit up was harder than the first, and the third was harder still. But by the fourth sit up his muscles began to get warm, like a car engine heating up on a cold morning..” In the text it says that each sit up was harder than the last but by the last sit up he began to get used to it. This quote shows you what the character, Alfred, is doing and how it felt to do the activity he was doing physically. A second example of descriptive language in the story is on page 54. It says, “Alfred caught his breath. It was huge. It was almost a circle, and the seats rose right up the walls toward a ceiling of cables and beams. In the center of the floor, gleaming white under hundreds of spotlights, was the ring. The ropes were wrapped in velvet.” In this quote the author is trying to paint a picture in the reader’s mind by using descriptive words like “huge” and “wrapped in velvet” to describe items,objects and the setting that the

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