What are examples of diction in Suzanne Collins's Catching Fire, and how do they affect the reader?

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Diction is a term we use to describe an author's word choices. Individual word choices are never arbitrary because every single word carries its own connotation. Hence, an author's choice of one word over another will influence the tone, mood, and even meaning of a work of literature. Dr. Wheeler gives us the example of a "rock formation." A rock formation can be called "a stone, a boulder, an outcropping, a pile of rocks, a cairn, a mound, or even an 'anomalous geological feature,'" and each term choice for rock carries its own meaning (Dr. Wheeler, Literary Terms and Definitions: D"). For example,...

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crystaltu001 | Student

Peeta says that Katniss was pregnant it suprises readers that he would say that

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Diction as a term refers to word choice. As my English teacher taught me, you can't just say "the author uses diction" in an essay. The word diction by itself only means that the author chose words to string together. You need to describe "diction" with an adjective - negative, positive, harsh, accusatory, comforting, etc. These adjectives in turn describe the effect of the ______ diction on the reader. Negative, harsh, or accusatory diction in a persuasive essay may cause the reader to feel more strongly against a certain idea. Positive and comforting diction in a story may calm readers and make them feel happy.

Diction and its effects can be determined by zeroing in on specific terms or by taking certain passages as a whole. Without going into specifics (I see that the previous answer has given several in case you'd like some), I think you'll find that the parts of the novel when Katniss is discussing the Capitol or President Snow will be filled with negative diction. This causes readers to in turn dislike the Capitol and President Snow because the words presented to us describe them in such despicable terms. This feeling is because of the ideas we have linked to the words themselves.

tl;dr - diction is word choice and it affects readers because of the feelings readers get from the words. Knowing that, it should be easy to locate specific uses of diction in passages of Catching Fire - descriptive passages in particular should show obvious diction.

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