Narrative and stylistic techniques are the basis of any well written work of literature. Ellen Hopkins is a modern novelist, who in her works creates a web of comedy, tragedy, and shock. The conflict, setting, characterization, and themes in each of her stories allow the reader to deepen into the meaning of every novel, which would not be possible without the usage of structural diction and different rhetorical techniques. Hopkins uses a vast array of techniques to express themes in her novels Crank and Perfect.
These techniques are used to create literary effect, often without consideration to literal meaning. Hopkins uses this stylistic technique to show dramatic conflicts, recalling thoughts, and deep meanings. All two novels have heavy presage, but each has its own rhetorical technique that makes it distinguishable. Hopkins’ primary goal is to demonstrate the theme by making the reader think about the matter of the subject expressed through these rhetorical techniques.
In the novel Crank, Hopkins shows horrible sides of drug addiction. The main character Christina Snow is a meth addict. In one summer she goes from being a great student to a slave to meth – she becomes a crank. Meth begins to rule her life. All it took to become an addict is a short visit to her dad. Kristina finds herself in various situations she never thought she could find herself into. The novel is actually based on a true story of Hopkins’s daughter fight with meth addiction. As Kristina, Hopkins’s daughter went to visit her father and came a completely different person. Hopkins thought the story could be a great lesson to other teenagers.
The novel Perfect is a sequel to Impulse. The novel shows consequences of Conner’s suicide trial on his family. Hopkins is known for carrying the character’s thread through multiple novels. That is what makes her fans devoted to books she writes. Hopkins without shyness shows such subject matters as drugs, prostitution, rape, incest, and self-injury. In Perfect, she demonstrates how her characters struggle with rape, stalking, eating disorders, addiction, and sexual orientation.
Hopkins’s books are a great example of YA literature. Every her books becomes a New York Times bestseller. Hopkins has won many awards for her novels, tales of humor, disaster, and shock. The stylistic and narrative techniques she uses in all of her novels are essential for the reader to see the deeper meaning of the works. With the help of conflict, setting, motif, rhetorical devices, characterization, and structural diction, Hopkins demonstrates a generic theme in her novels Perfect and Crank that in a cruel atmosphere issue those bold enough to survive in a rough and unloving world.
Narrative and stylistic techniques are the basis of any well written work of literature. Ellen Hopkins is a modern novelist, who in her works creates a web of comedy, tragedy, and shock.