Diction In A Child Called It

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Nancy Zamora
Ms. Blakeney
AP Lang
7 July 2017
AP Summer Vocabulary
(a child called it)
Diction is seen a lot throughout “A Child Called ‘It’”, specifically when David is describing the tortures he faced. The word choice included in the novel is rather harsh and graphic at times, but nevertheless it effectively help the reader visualize the scene and what is going on.
An example of the use of diction is when
“Gripping my arm, Mother held it in the orange-blue flame. My skin seemed to explode from the heat. I could smell the scorched hairs from my burnt arm. As hard as I fought, I could not force Mother to let go of my arm” (Pelzer 41).

(slaughterhouse five)
Kurt Vonnegut himself is a rhetor having written “Slaughterhouse - Five” as anti-war propaganda. His use of rhetoric works effectively as it shows the struggles of a man who has to live with after-war effects as well a great number of deaths which are shrugged off.
A quote to demonstrate how Vonnegut is a rhetor is when he is talking to his old war buddy’s wife about how she doesn’t want such a horrendous thing like war to be glamorized by the media.
“‘You’ll pretend you were men instead of babies, and you’ll be played in the movies by Frank Sinatra and John Wayne or some of those other glamorous, war-loving, dirty old men. And war will look just wonderful, so we’ll have a lot more of them. And they’ll be fought by babies like the babies upstairs.’ So then I understood. It was war that made her so angry.

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