Language

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Style of language

The short story “Clerk Wanted” by Dennis Thorp is written in a neutral style. The narration does not use abbreviations, slang, or contractions; for instance: “Desmond did not look pleased.” (p. 21, l. 20). However, the vocabulary is not very advanced, using common words and phrases. The narration has a somewhat official tone, which is in keeping with the subject matter of the story – applying for a job and interacting in a professional environment.

Most of the story consists of the dialogue between the characters. The way the characters express themselves is meant to highlight their attitude and motivations. For instance, in the interaction between Colshaw and Desmond, Colshaw expresses himself in a neat, precise manner: “ ‘I left because...

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