"Suffering Under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of
Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
Arts & Humanities
One technique that writers employ to make their stories powerful and vibrant is the use of detail. Detail can help readers to visualize a story. It also makes writing more interesting and authentic.
Read a short story and make note of passages that include a lot of detail. Select one or more of these passages and analyze the use of detail with the following questions:
- What does the detail add to this passage? How does it affect you as a reader?
- What would this passage be like without the detail?
- What role does this passage play? Does it contribute to the plot, develop a character, create symbolism, or describe a setting?
- How does the detail relate to the role of the passage?
Practice using detail by writing a brief description of one of Adams's photographs of Manzanar. Browse the Subject Index for images with a lot of visual detail.