Language and narrative devices

Language refers to the choices of style and vocabulary made by the writer. When analysing the language Doyle uses you should think about:

  • what, the author’s choice of specific words and dramatic devices
  • where/how, the way in which the writer uses them
  • why, the effect on the reader

Many of the effects mentioned throughout when discussing character, themes, form and structure are created through Doyle’s innovative use of language and other narrative methods.

You will be expected to discuss these throughout your essay and analyse how they are used in every point that you make.

The following pages contain examples of some specific devices used by Doyle and some of the effects they may have on the reader.

You can refer to the sample question at the end, and to the sections on character and theme to see how discussion of these devices can be integrated into a clear argument in the exam.