Language and style

The language used in the short story “The Moose and the Sparrow” by Hugh Garner is easy to follow, being slightly colloquial through the use of certain slang expressions such as “beating it out of their hide” (p. 211, l. 15) or “kicking off” (p. 214, l. 7). The style of writing is reflective and empathic, thanks to the use of a first-person narrator, involved in the events. We will now look at some specific devices the author employs regarding style and language:

  • Imagery
  • Irony
  • Expletive
  • Similes and Metaphors


Imagery is created by giving visual details about the setting and the two main characters. Whenever the author depicts how the characters act and look, visual images are created in readers’ minds helping them imagine the story.

Most imagery is based on epithets and detailed overall de...

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