East of Eden

Analyze the authors word choices first discuss the work in general: is the diction informal, formal, neutral, colloquial

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Steinbeck is is never overly colourful with his language. His descriptions are economical yet lyrical. He establishes a sense of intimacy with the reader by using language that is familiar. His prose flows nicely understating his meanings rather than overstating them. Of this novel Steinbeck wrote that he was trying "to keep in an extremely low pitch and to let the reader furnish the emotion." Letting the reader discover emotion rather than imposing it upon him or her further attaches an intimacy between the characters and the reader.

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