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5 advice for online college paper writers


It is the writer’s prerogative to select the voice, personality, and general characterization of the narrator. Perhaps one of the most famous narrators is that of “The Catcher in the Rye” and it is only at the end of the tale that we learn the full story about him. Why would an author make this sort of choice?

Consider that the use of a specific narrator can affect the plot, the tone of the story, or even the ultimate credibility of the tale. Here’s another example - there are few people who have not heard or read Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. This is a work that is narrated by an unidentified “voice” that frequently tells the reader how to feel about the different characters or events. Using this voice, however, allows Dickens to really control the results of the tale on the reader.

There are several major elements in any literary work that all serve significant functions:


  • Dialogue – in books and plays there is an enormous need for dialogue. Good dialogue does not ever tell the reader exactly what to think or precisely what the main characters are feeling, however. Instead, the words and phrases will convey relevant points without being too extensive or descriptive. The reason that good or successful dialogue is not extremely direct is simple – it allows the reader or the viewer to follow the story through the words and actions of the characters.

  • Scene designs – many dramatic works have extensive descriptions of scenery because the author wants the action to take place in a very specific manner. Just imagine the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” without the benefit of the balcony!

  • Soliloquies – not a monologue, and not an “aside” (see below), the soliloquy is one of the devices used to allow a character to convey their thoughts to the audience without also speaking to any of the other characters as well. Many “villains” will speak their nasty thoughts aloud in this way, but it is also used to a great extent in many other genres.

  • Asides – unlike the soliloquy, the aside is spoken to someone, but not one of the characters. The aside is spoken directly to the audience by a character on the stage and it is never detected by any of the other characters. It is normally a very brief comment, and not as long as monologues or soliloquies.

  • Character foils – this is a marvelous device often used to accent or highlight a major character strength or flaw in the main character. A good illustration of a character foil is Watson to Holmes, but it is also great in comedies as well where a very “straight” character is partnered with an entertaining and amusing one.

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