Contrast Of Achebes and Updikes diction

1. In this assignment, you will be comparing and contrasting diction (word choice) from the two short stories in this unit, “Dead Man’s Path” and “A & P”. Then, you will write a comparison and contrast paper that differentiates Achebe’s and Updike’s diction and other rhetorical choices. Have the OED or another academic dictionary handy for this one!

2. In both “Dead Man’s Path” and “A & P” find examples of the following:

Author’s clever use of diction and word choice (especially description of culture, time, and place)
Author’s use of words with Greek & Latin roots
Author’s use of context to provide meaning
Author’s use of formal language
Author’s use of informal language (including slang)
Author’s overall narrative style (including point of view, tone, mood, and purpose)
3. Write a comparison / contrast paper in which you discuss each author’s use of diction (word choice) and its effects upon the reader, using quotes from each story to support your similarities and differences. Be sure to use discuss authors’ use of mood and tone (Lesson 2.4) and author’s style (Lesson 2.6). Use the OED or another scholastic dictionary to cite root words and definitions.

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