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Comparing the Writing Styles of Bradford to Byrd In the Elements of Literature English book the excerpts from the stories of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford and The History of the Dividing Line by William Byrd can be compared and contrasted in many ways Whether its the difference in writing styles the difference purposes for writing the stories or simply each writers tone this paper will give examples of each comparison or contrast One difference between Bradford and Byrd is their writing styles In of Plymouth Plantation Bradford uses the Plain Style to write his account of the New World Plain Style writing is the form of writing used by the Puritans The Plain Style of writing tries to stay away from figures of speech and tried to keep it plain and simple and to the point On the other hand Byrd is in sharp contrast in The History of the Dividing Line to the writing style of Bradford Byrd used forms of ridicule to write his account of what happened One example of this is Byrds calling the sudden flock of people to the New World a modish frenzy by this he means it was just a fad of the times One contrast in the writings of Byrd and Bradford is the purpose for which they are written One reason Bradford writes his story is to inform the reader about the history of the pilgrims Another reason for Bradfords writing is to inspire future generations to Puritan ideals alive He also wrote his story to show Gods hand in their experiences On the other hand Byrds writing was his own personal journal that was soon to be published Byrd may have written his story to entertain his reader For examples all through out his story he is constantly making fun of settlers he mentions during the story that the settlers spent 50 pounds on a church and 500 pounds on a pub
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