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Word choice and diction are key elements in expression of ones emotions and character In the short exerpt from Maya Angelous I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings entitled The Aristocrat the association of language and character is made clear Language is used to express feelings instill emotions in others and separate classes of people Language is a key element in the expression of oneself The use of language and tones is what expresses feelings from one individual During a conversation with Mrs Flowers Mrs Henderson states that she only does what she does sowell with the help of the lord 163 The way she says this shows her faith It also revealsthe pride she has with her work deeming it worthy of the creator Also when Mrs Flowers is having a conversation with Marguerite about words she states It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning 163 This means that the words themselves are important but not as important as the voice behind them Words alone contain literal and figurative meanings but these meanings can be more easily understood with the human understandings of voice tones Finally after Mrs Flowers reads the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities aloud with all the emotions of her spoken words the only way Marguerite can respond is with a Yes Maam 164 This shows that she is confused Short phrases in response to long heart filled elegies display ones confusion and awe-struck nature Language in terms of both the spoken and written word has the power to awaken emotions in readers and listeners For instance Marguerite mentions that often her mother would refer to Mrs Flowers with familiar terms such as sister 161 in a way that made her want to hide her face in shame This is an indication that the way her mother used her language to address others was an embarrassment
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