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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 196

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.

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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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