( ) – An Explanation

This formatting piece was composed with inspiration from Emily Carroll’s distinct style of parentheticals, layout, and patterns that so instill the atmosphere of her work. Every quirk, change, or abnormality in the writing is a reflection of Carroll’s intentions. Whether an aside representing the narrator’s internal struggle or an alternation between vertical and horizontal scrolling on the webpage, every detail is planned out by the artist.

My goal in creating this piece was to draw attention to Carroll’s formatting style as an art form and how it contributes to the constant paranoia of her character’s minds. I used words like “doubt” and “repetition” to portray the way in which she gives these brief characters so much depth as well as providing the reader with a more complicated narration style. All of these factors contribute greatly to the ambiguity of her work and how not knowing can be far more suspenseful than knowing.

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