ERIC Number: ED200993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Literary and Linguistic Analysis of Scott O'Dell's "The Captive".
Stewig, John Warren
This paper carefully examines the literary elements Scott O'Dell uses in his children's novel "The Captive," that so successfully engage even a reluctant reader. The paper explores the writer's style and subtle use of detail and foreshadowing. Quoting specific examples, the paper points out O'Dell's imaginative syntax and his ability to introduce unfamiliar language in such a context that the reader is able to comprehend. In the same manner, the paper illustrates O'Dell's skill at characterization without excessive narration and the way his descriptions of setting provide the reader with numerous and realistic details. The paper also discusses the pervasive themes of masculinity and death in the story and how both influence the main character. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Captive (The); O Dell (Scott)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Language Arts in the Elementary School (13th, Portland, OR, April 10-12, 1981).