It's a Guy Thing- About a Boy

It’s a Guy Thing

“Two is a dangerous number!”

I. Analysis

Woodruff influences his readers through various techniques. He uses an ironic and a humorous tone, which makes his reader easily identify with him. A clear example of Woodruff’s humor is the following sentence: “It’s Will’s will, dammit, and nobody had better tell Freeman he can’t be free.” (ll.4-5) Another stylistic device used by Woodruff is repetition, like “gone, gone, gone”(l.16). He uses this tool to emphasize certain facts. These stylistic devices are used to connect with the readers with humour, thus grasping their attention. The sentence mentioned above, “It’s Will’s will, dammit, and nobody had better tell Freeman he can’t be free.”, also gives us an indication to Woodruff’s style. I believe that his decision to use the neutral style is a very wise one. The neutral style falls between the formal and the informal style, thus making Woodruff capable of convincing different types of readers of his message. Although most of the text is written in a more colloquial English, rather than formal English, his use of formal phrases and words, make him seem as a reviewer, who knows what he is talking about; it gives him more credibility. An example of his formal phrasing would be: “thus forming the basis of the book’s story”(l.11), “[…]is a pleasant, satisfying read, the kind that touches sentimental nerves”(l.12). There are a lot of words throughout the review, which can be classified as formal, like: “indulge”, “frivolities”(l.21), “refusal”(l.35) and “communicates via loose, casual prose”(l.44) In my opinion, the review’s style and choice of words is dominated by colloquialism. The constant use of slang and taboo words like “crap”, “obnoxious”, “butt kicking” and “chick” might be a tool used by Woodruff to persuade young readers with his ideas. Other examples of colloquialisms are: “I-couldn’t-care-less effect”(l.31), “breaking into bouts of sobbing for no apparent reason” (ll.25-26), “he can...