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In his essay Props and the Man John L Allen utilizes several literary devices Through the use of these structural devices Allen is able to severely limit the audience of his work Allen accomplishes his goals through his use of his vocabulary and diction The author uses advanced vocabulary and diction to focus his audience excluding many readers in the process Allens vocabulary excludes many readers because of its complicated nature Throughout his essay he uses words that exclude readers due to their intellectual complexity Words such as harried avidly denouement Allen 5 are outside of most readers vocabulary By using words such as these Allen sends a clear message to the reader about who his target audience is When a person outside this audience reads Allens essay they are overwhelmed by the sense of being part of a conversation that is beyond their comprehension A reader may even stop reading the essay simply because they are being excluded through Allens use of a complicated vocabulary In this way Allen is able to his target audience excluding much of the general public in favor of a more cosmopolitan audience Allen also excludes readers through his diction which is highly specific and targeted towards a small group of people Allens exclusionary diction consists of very specific places and works of literature If one does not possess prior knowledge of New York City many of the references to places such as the Lincoln Center the Julliard School of Music Allen 4 and times such as afternoon rush hour Allen 4 are lost on them If a reader is not familiar with specific literature or theatre they will not comprehend allusions to Godot and the Theatre of the Absurd Allen 4 Because many readers do not know New York or the theatre they do not appreciate Allens essay These readers are excluded in favor of a more focused and specific audience through Allens use of diction
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