Essay on Analysis Of ' The Way Of Rainy Mountain ' By Scott Momaday

1003 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In “The Way To Rainy Mountain,” N. Scott Momaday makes a clear use of figurative language throughout the story. Figurative language is seen across the story clearly through the descriptive language used in describing the nature around them. The descriptive language used makes it clear to imagine their myths of how things came to be, as well as the things that occur during the sundance festival and the tai-me. As the story goes on it is made clear how the Kiowas appreciate and respect the nature around them. Momaday gives a deep explanation of what it was like to be in rainy mountain when he describes the changes in weather, “Winter brings blizzards, hot tornadic winds arise in the spring, and in summer the prairie is an anvil’s edge. The grass turns brittle and brown, and it cracks beneath your feet”(Momaday 5). The way the weather is described in this book allows for the reader to understand what it must have felt like for Momaday to once again set foot in the Rainy Mountains. Personification is used to describe how personal nature had been to Momaday and all of the Kiowas and to show how much the plains had changed since the last time he had been there. “At first there is no discrimination in the eye, nothing but the land itself, whole and impenetrable. But then the smallest things begin to stand out of the depths—herds and rivers and groves—and each of these has perfect being in terms of distance of silence and of age”(17). As he notices these differences, Momaday…

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