The story “The Best Boots in The World” by Brain Caswell is a short story which relates to a teenager called Mikey (Michael Jordan).In the story, the protagonist Mikey is literally obsessed with basketball and his Air Nikes, which he considers to be the “Best Boots in the World”. Mikey worked out best of his abilities to gain the pair of Nikes, but when it came to the point when he was about to lose the most precious thing of his life. Mikey yelled and stood up, throwing himself out of the seat and ignoring the pain in his injured knee. Mikey never knew that someone else would have to pay such an immense price for his ignorance. In the text, the author has used some literature devices such as character development and language technique to enhance the story within itself. Character development is mainly used to change the characters overtime. Language techniques such as imagery, dialogue and figurative language are used to show the reader the nature of the character, their lifestyle and the changes that occurs within them. The intention of this paper is to discuss different language techniques and character development used by the author.
Language techniques are one of the most prominent ways to identify the characters within the text. The reader gets to know the characters by their actions, behavior and thoughts. These features are shown in the text through techniques such as direct speech, imagery, use of dialogue and etc. One example of this is when the youth says “I don’t think a wimp like you deserves a pair of boots like these, I think I do” . This sentence is used by the youth to introduce us his thoughts in depth by the use of dialogue.
The main character changed emotionally within the text by the circumstances that the author had created for him. The author has used character development to change the characters over the course of the story. One example of character development is when Mikey says “They’re just boots. Something you wear on your feet” . At the beginning of the story Mikey thought that nothing was more important than his boots, but as the circumstances changed Mikey changed his own views emotionally and learnt that nothing is more important than someone else’s life.
The author influences whether the reader like/dislikes the character based on the characters own action, direct speech and dialogue. The author creates circumstances in which the characters actions may influence whether the reader likes/dislikes him. One example of this is when Mikey pushes the youth out of the train, which led the youth to death. This action by Mikey may force the reader to dislike Mikey’s character because of his terrible actions.
The author’s use of dialogue has a major impact on the audience. This technique conveys the reader some important information about the character such as the mood and the development that has occurred within them. It has also played an important role in moving the plot along. One of the examples of...