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Style Analysis for See them Die McBain aims to lead the reader into the bleak litter-strewn environment of a crowded American slum with its inherent threat of violence Two dominating forces Heat and July established in the first two words emerge as double personifications prostitutes in the first paragraph their brazen vengeance strutting insolently garishly born to make you suffer Here the tone is aggressive and menacing as McBain establishes the control his twin bitches exert This colourful start rich in uncompromising nastiness serves as a spring board for the more oppressive atmosphere neglect creates and the sordid sense of entrapment which follows The air is tangible personifies the air giving it purpose in its drab surroundings and along with the onomatopoeic sticky and clinging conveys a sense of desolation McBain then focuses on the visual nastiness spraying sensory feelings throughout the next four lines off-white brilliance light that is dizzying and shimmer of blue all bring with them feelings of intense light and a harsh unnatural environment The inseparable ideas of heat and July give the piece a secure foundation on which the detail builds This structural security reinforced by three other lines also set in isolation gives McBains writing an uncompromising edge thus complementing his bleak tone It is only 840 amand it its Sunday Placed almost midway offers a structural reminder that much more will follow when the people wake up that in fact we are experiencing the uncomfortable calm before the urban storm These ideas contrast the quiet of the previous line After the opening metaphoric paragraph McBain develops details of the unpleasant light and its mixed effect on the scene glow off-white light and dark sin sits low faded shimmer hint of blue These impressions combined with some effective tactile diction convey a sense of unevenness and reinforce the general air of unpredictability The third major paragraph takes us into the refuse of
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