Month: November 2013
Writing Styles of G.A. Henty and Jack London
This essay will be about the differences in writing styles of G.A Henty, the author of “Wulf the Saxon” and “The Dragon and The Raven” And Jack London, the author of call of the wild and white fang. I will go over their characterization methods, plot types, their point of view, and their overall writing speed and style.
Lets start with their plot types, usually one of the most important parts of a book. Making up the speed and pace of the story and also the way the storyline twists and turns. G.A Henty writes with a very detailed story line where it’s usually very hard to find any loopholes in his plot. For Jack London, he usually writes about animals also with a human side character to help along the storyline. usually its from the time of birth to death with the characters and usually always has a happy ending. He writes about how they learn and adapt and their overall growth as animals, with either humans or other animals helping them along.
Now for characterization, I will go over each authors way of evolving their characters. G.A Henty likes to span his books over a long period of time which makes for slower characterization. His characters are usually young nobles near England in the 9th century AD. They usually develop relations with high ranking people in the area and are usually associated with the military. Jack London likes to make his characters learn and grow into very dominant characters and usually the main characters don’t appear at the beginning of the book. They appear a couple chapters in to the book when their presence heavily effects the book.
Now for the point of view for the two different authors. G.A. Henty usually switches points of view between different characters but its still in first person point of view. Jack London writes inside of the mind of the character, this character usually being an animal. To him its all about the feelings of the character so the mind point of view is best fro this.
Finally I will go over the writing speed of the two authors. G.A. Henty writes with a very slow progressive speed and usually spans it over a very long period of time. In other words he places the period from the start of the book to the end of the book very far apart but sometimes skips boring times. However, Jack London likes to focus on very small details and feeling of the story and sometimes 5 minutes of reading is like 3 minutes of actual in-story-time. He likes to slow down the story and express very minute thoughts.
So to conclude this essay I would like to just sum up the overall differences between G.A. Henty and Jack London. They have some similarities but as you can see Jack London focuses on animals and ads humans as a plot twists. Unlike G.A. Henty where he focuses almost always on humans. Another thing to add is that G.A. Henty’s books are much longer than Jack London’s. So as you can see their writing styles very a lot because of the eras they lived in, Jack London having lived in the 19th and 20th century and G.A. Henty living in the 18th to 19th century.
The Theme of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
This book is about a young boy who worked with his mom at her inn and a map of buried treasure. One day a strange pirate came in and asked the boy to look out for another pirate with one leg in town. The strange pirate is killed soon after and he leaves behind a map to treasure island. The boy and some town leaders set sail for the island with the captain letting a pirate with one leg choose the crew. When they reach the island Long John Silvers (The one legged pirate) betrays them with his buccaneer crew and kills several of the good crew. The rest of the crew run off to hide and find out there’s a man stranded on the island and he has already found the treasure and hidden it away. The good crew end up killing all the pirates except Long John Slivers who they try to take home but he escapes and is never to be seen again.
My opinion of the theme is one where Jim (the boy) is faced with many difficult decisions regarding the outcome of the story and the way its characters develop throughout. The other half is whether or not Long John Silvers gets the treasure before Jim and his group.
I think the authors view is one of similarity to mine and does not very much as far as I can tell. I doubt the author had any other plot or theme ideas besides the ones I stated so far.
So as you can see this book is relatively a short story compared to some books and makes up for it’s lack in pages in adventure and its thrilling theme and characterization. Not many of the characters survive but the ones that do undergo much characterization throughout, adding to the theme.