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When writing an analysis of a literary work, it's usually wise to choose some aspect of it to focus on. If I were a student tasked with offering an analysis of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I might choose to focus on its diction and syntax. The novel is written in the form of a diary kept by a "dumb blonde" and Loos did an exemplary job of crafting a very authentic voice for her narrator by skillfully (and to comic effect) misspelling words and writing in a sort of casual stream of consciousness style. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a populist work aimed at a wide audience of casual, leisurely readers, so it's easy to undersell Loos's accomplishment. However, she effortlessly incorporated a lot of the tenets of the more high brow modernist movement emerging at that time into the accessible package of a comic novel. The authenticity of the narrator's colloquial syntax and diction and the use of stream of consciousness and free association are hallmarks of the Modernist movement.

Another way you could go in your analysis is in the ironic difference between what Lorelei understands and the audience understands, thus making her an unreliable narrator.

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