Introduction Paragraph: “Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.”This is an example of syntax from the excerpt from Speak. It shows that the character uses formal language. Not only is there syntax but there is also diction and imagery. Thesis:Diction, imagery, and syntax are all literary devices that present coming of age; authors like Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Luis Rodriguez use these three literary devices of portray coming of age.
(Topic Sentence) Sandra Cisneros uses the diction, syntax, and imagery in her story Eleven. (Major Point) First, diction in this story is informal due to the fact that Sandra Cisneros is speaking in the voice of a little girl who just turned eleven. (Supporting Detail/Explanation for major point) For example, the word stupid; it shows that she thinks something is unnecessary and not so bright. (Supporting Detail/Explanation for major point)Another example would be the word old; this presents that something is aged but if she would have had formal language, a word like ages or ancient would have been used. (Major point) Second, the author uses imagery very well. (SD/Explanation for mp) For instance, “through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese.” This sentence includes one of the five senses; which helps you imagine something that smells disgusting. (SD/explanation for mp)Another example would be “all of the sudden I’m crying in front of everyone “this sentence helps you imagine a little girl just beginning to cry in the middle of class because of how embarrassed she was. (MP) Finally Cisneros uses simple and short syntax: “I am eleven today.” (SD/Explanation) For instance, the tone of this sentence shows that the character Rachel is disappointed to be eleven because she does not feel eleven at all. (Supporting Detail/Explanation) Also, “Only today I wish I didn’t have only eleven years rattling inside me like pennies in a tin band-aid box.” (Concluding sentence) This sentence presents that Rachel has had such an eventful birthday that she does not wish to be eleven any longer.