The language of the short story “Saturday Afternoon” by Erskine Caldwell is rather simple and easy to follow. The occasional use of colloquial words and wrong grammar structures adds to the local color of the events and poses no difficulties in the overall understanding of the text:

"You're damn right, Tom. You know that gingerbread nigger that used to work on the railroad a long time back? Him's the nigger we're going to git. And we're going to git him good and proper, the yellow-face coon. He said something to Fred Jackson's oldest gal...

The author combines narrative and descriptive passages with dialogue, making the story more appealing and dynamic. Also, the use of the third-person narrator combined with the perspective of one of the characters hooks readers’ attention.


Imagery refers to the overall sensory output the story conveys, to the way the author...

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