Rhetorical Analysis Of 'The Bed You Ve Made'

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In Sam Ligon’s interview regarding flash fiction, Sam has quite a bit to say about how he feels about writing flash fiction stories, or short-short stories. Mostly, he talks about the main reason why he like writing short stories, which is that it gives him the opportunity to create powerful diction and syntax, that one doesn’t normally get out of novel-length works. He explains that the only way to make flash fiction work is by using powerful diction, because there is no time to do it by using a vast diversity in characters and creating an intricate journey. In flash fiction, the author must pack the punch and make the story worth reading by using syntax and voice that pulls the reader in, and as he says it, “demands that the reader must read…show more content…
Thus, when writing a longer work, the author is able to use that voice to strengthen the story, and as Ligon talks about with his own work, develop characters at a more in depth level. An excellent example of how short stories are able to quickly pack in a punch using syntax is “The Bed You’ve Made” by Sam Ligon. In the story, Ligon uses excellent diction to help paint a very clear picture in the mind of the reader about what is happening, but it does this in a piece that is not more than three or four hundred words. For example, Ligon uses the phrase, “It broke our hearts to sing such mournful words, tears staining our cheeks as we sang our haunting hillbilly harmonies,” (Ligon, The Bed You’ve Made), when he just as easily could have said “The song was sad.” However, the word choice paints a clear image to help one understand what is happening in the story so much more in depth than it would to say that the song is sad and why it’s sad. It cuts out the fluff, and makes the writing significantly stronger. When an author learns to pack this kind of a punch into a sentence, they can take the syntax, and use it in longer works, and make something that is truly a masterpiece. In long works, like novels, authors are more focused on telling the story, whereas short-short authors are like a grandfather telling a story from when he was young around a campfire, attempting to make a story grand and captivating by using imagery and

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