Shipler frequently uses lists and/or series of events to make his writing more impactful. This is extremely noticable in the very beginning of chapter three: "so it is in potato fields and sewing lofts, in cleaners and restaurants, and in manicured gardens of suburban affluence. In Los Angeles,among shabby blocks around Spring and 8th, garments to be sold lucratively on Fifth Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard are sewn together by struggling Mexicans and Thais, Hondurans and Koreans." The endless commas reflect the reality Shipler is trying to represent: that the working poor are everywhere in America.
The author sustains use of complex, formal sentence structure to eloquently describe the situations of the working poor.
The book shows, on a fairly consistent basis, complex and detailed syntax, which is used not as filler, but to be as descriptive as possible. For instance, page 78 details a young immigrant named Candalaria thinking about how many ''flies'' to make California's minimum wage. Shipler relays her thought process by having a long, drawn out sentence, which mirrors the girl's thoughts. He states "To make California's minimum wage, which is $5.75 at the time, that added up to 767 flies an hour, allowing her just under 5 seconds for each fly".
Throughout the entire book the author uses an very complex and formal sentence structure. These sentences are extremely detailed using various different types of punctuation. If one doesn't pay attention they will get lost due to the amount of detail Shipler has put into his writing. On page 110, the author gives a very detailed description about how the parent's work environment negatively effects their families health by cause "vomiting, nausea, dizziness and headaches, fatigue, drowsiness and skin rashes," as well as more serious problems like "childhood brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma". There were lots of commas just showing the amount of detail the author is using to further inform the reader about an overlooked situation in this country.
The Author syntax consisted of list-like sentences. To me, this appeared to allude to the lives of the working poor. For example, when describing the living conditions of workers in the migrant homes, he seemed to describe everything as an extension of one another. He began by describing the outside as dirty/old, then went into details on the colors, paints, broken hinges, door frames, and the dull feelings of the area. Sort of like the " series of unfortunate events" that the working poor often experienced to get to their current positions.
The author uses a complex syntax throughout the book. In his writing, Shipler uses examples and lists to describe his argument. Shipler is very descriptive, causing him to have a complex sentence structure.
The author's sentences overall are complex and he uses list-like sentence structures. On page 51, the author makes heavy use of the em-dash emphasize certain points of the described anecdotes. Examples Include: "She was not the victim of racial discrimination — she was white" "She was not lazy — she was caustic about colleagues and relatives who were" "- she was passed over in favor of men — or, she observed wryly, women who ere younger and slimmer."
Shipler's sentence structure seemed to be complex with much detail. The sentences have a lists like structure with much that mixes with his formal tone and detail becomes helpful to the reader to have a visual and understand what is happening in the book."Having confused thrift with stinginess, hard work with misery, and extravagance with generosity and happiness, the exercise asked the students to choose the best description of the difference between Victor and Dorian." as an example. These sentence structures were built up to make a fact to story paragraphs.
Shipler’s syntax is a form of quotes, supported evidence, vivid imagery, and complex diction but not ubiquitous with it as to appeal to all audiences.
I agree with my peers above in that Shipler's syntax is complex and often features vivid details or lists. However, what I admire about the sentence structure in this book is that unlike many authors, Shipler writes in this manner purposefully; the near run-on sentences I've read have in my opinion helped in communicating what Shipler is trying to say.
The author's formal and complex sentence structure allows him to be able to explain and elaborate on his point. His sentences are also structure in a way that allow for him to include lots of detail and information but that at the same time isn't overwhelming to the reader.
He uses a lot of complex structured sentences, direct quotes from people he interviewed, and vivid imagery to describe the peoples` daily living struggles.
The author has a formal and complex sentence structure which allows him to provide more detail or clarity to what he is saying.
Shipler uses a lot of complex and formal sentence structure in order to be able to get across what the invisible working poor go through on a daily basis
Shipler has a complex sentence structure as he tells the stories of the working poor and the use of statistics and explanations. He informs the reader formally, use of descriptive language helped.
Throughout the book, Shipler maintains long and involved syntax, in which most of the sentences are complex and formal. For example, in chapter 8, Shipler states that “If there were more generous food stamps, if high-nutrition baby formula cost less, if inner-city stores stocked fresh fruits and vegetables...” then there would be less hunger. The sentence listed above is much longer than the portion that was given, although it shows the consistent structure that Shipler uses in long, complex sentences and involved syntax. This type of syntax helps the author further explain many of the concepts he’s talking about, such as hunger and overall poverty, by allowing him to go more in-depth in each sentence.
The long and involved syntax Shipler uses as you said does in fact help him develop their story, but if you missed a sentence and didn't understand a part you were left not knowing the full story of the anecdote. I believe it would've been better if David Shipler used more periodic sentences rather than balanced syntax.
The author continuously uses complex and intellectual sentencing to keep the readers attention. He utilizes descriptive language among other expletive methods to expand his topic.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be conducting discussions about The Working Poor by David K. Shipler here.