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Where the Red Fern Grows Writing Style

Simple, Plainspoken, Country language

Well, howdy there! Time to get down to brass tacks and suss out this here writin' style.

Our friend Billy is a country boy who is plainspoken and straight to the point. To further highlight Billy's youth and innocence, Billy often speaks in simple, short sentences:

A year passed. I was twelve. I was over the halfway mark. I had twenty-seven dollars and forty-six cents. My spirits soared. I worked harder. Another year crawled by, and then the great day came. (3.25-26)

Pretty plain, right? But don't be fooled into thinking he can't spin a good metaphor or simile when the moment calls, even if the imagery he uses is still pretty country: "By the time I had reached the river, every nerve in my body was drawn up as tight as a fiddle string" (8.42).

And that's all we have to say about that.

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