The author definitely uses formal diction with sentences like, "Those who contend that the extraordinary accumulation of wealth is a good thing say that while the rich are indeed getting richer, so are most people who work hard and save." He uses correct grammar, correct sentence structure, appropriate punctuation, and NO SLANG.
The author uses a formal diction throughout the book and this is demonstrated with sentences such as “ the benefits of the new meritocracy do come at a price.” The author continually uses elevated language, but the simplicity of syntax allows one to pick up on context clues in which the reader is still able to pick out the argument the author is making.
The author uses a formal diction, especially when describing statistics. For instance,"Only 41 percent of low-income students entering a four-year college managed to graduate within five years,the U.S Department of Education found in a 2004, but 66 percent of high-income students did." The author uses his diction to thoroughly describe the statistic. There are other examples too such as," Yet virtually no company that has built a reputation as a purveyor of luxury goods will want to lose its foothold in that territory, even as it lowers prices on some items and sells them to a wider audience." This is very formal diction, and has more complex words, and is a more complex sentence. The author also doesn't use slang and doesn't use a relaxed tone.
The elevated, complex diction used by the authors complements and conjugates greatly with the simple syntax. The word choice is appropriate for the topic, and many technical terms are used throughout in order to provide context about the subject being treated. The words in quotes are common and easy to understand, which tells that the audience of this work is the common population. The usage of this certain words leads to a better understanding of the rhetoric in the book.
The emotional but elevated diction used throughout this entire book aligns perfectly with the empathetic but truthful and statistic tone of the book. A perfect example of this formal, convoluted, elevated but emotional diction would be this excerpt from page 4, "A paradox lies at the heart of this new American meritocracy. Merit has replaces the old system of inherited privilege, in which parents to the manor born handed down the manor to their children." Elevated words are used in order to explain the author's position in this quote and throughout the entire book.
This book contains very elevated diction throughout itself. The level of seriousness in this book ties in very well with this chosen diction. One example would be when on page 25, the author states how “Faith and mobility, after all, has been consciously woven into the national self-image.” He addresses this candidly and straight to the point in a higher level of language to which one of my caliber, a high school magnet student, could understand and comprehend.
The diction that stood out the most provided me with some form of imagery. For example when Keller said “ticket” to middle class it portrayed middle class with a Charlie and the chocolate factory feel of needing something to enter this great life. Also when he referred to the outside factory as the “prince” of stokane it also made me think of a classier kind of lifestyle.
Students in Mrs. Theaker's class reading The New York Times' contributors Class Matters will discuss here.