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The reader will understand that it's mocking only from the context. Two primary ways to give context: Show events that demonstrate that this world does not exhibit "knowledge at its heights." Give the narrator's or viewpoint character's real opinions about the world and its level of knowledge. If you give this context first, the reader will realize that ...


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I had an English professor who loved these just the other semester. She ruined my writing style with her love of long sentences. Edited into a slight run-on from what it was. "The culmination of the progressionist speech for which I labored was often criticism, bored expressions, and, sometimes, outright rejection; thus, after unsuccessful revisions and ...


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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Autumn of the Patriarch. I distinctly remember that when we were assigned it as summer reading between 11th and 12th grade, I got to page 40 and counted six periods — that is, six sentences covered 40 pages. I threw the book across the room and told the teacher I refused to read it. (She told me I was the only one in a class ...



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