Dialogue, Paradox, and Dialect

Dialogue refers to the words a character speaks. Whenever you see dialogue in a text, it is most often encompassed by parentheses (e.g. “dialogue”). A paradox is a statement that contradicts itself. It is used for emphasis as well as to draw the attention of the reader. An example would be, “Everything I say is a lie.” If this statement were true, it would make the fact that the speaker always lies untrue because they just said they were truthful about always lying. These paradoxical statements begin a cycle that will never make sense. It will always contradict itself. Finally, dialect is a specific way people from an area or group speak. For example, African-American youth in a city will tend to speak differently than a white adult in a suburb. From a literature standpoint, dialect helps us place where the characters are from and how they developed into the characters they are in the story.


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