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"Diction" refers to an authors word choice. Lowry uses "dwelling" instead of "house" or "home" to refer to where people live. Why? Answer!

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A word like dwelling has much less of an emotional impact on people than a word like home . In this society, deep and fruitful connections between individuals are discouraged. Intense emotion, in general, is discouraged. It is, after all, intense emotions like passion and anger and jealousy and resentment that cause war and destruction and conflict. If intense emotions such as these can be drained from a society, then that society would be able to avoid these negative effects. Of course, the flip side of this is that the...

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