Okefenokee Swamp Passage Ap-Lang 11th grade Essay

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In the first passage, the Okefenokee Swamp is described with a wide variety of diction. Its features are mentioned with a neutral tone and simply describe what the place looks like. In the second passage, Okefenokee Swamp is portrayed as an unpleasant setting with many disturbing features. Each passage describes the area with a different purpose and a different view. The first passage from the Encyclopedia Britannica has an objective tone, while the second passage has a detestable tone and is subjective. The first passage is unbiased, as the author presents Okefenokee Swamp with straightforward information. The passage is from an encyclopedia, which implies that this passage is purely informative and does not include …show more content…
The second passage is subjective; and focuses on the detestable features of the Okefenokee Swamp. According to Boyle, Okefenokee Swamp consists of rivers that fan out over “430,000 leaf-choked acres” (251). The author’s diction creates an image that suggests that Okefenokee Swamp is quite large, yet leaves have collected over the years, making it an ugly and dead place. The fact that the imagery portrays the Swamp negatively reveals his view on how the swamp is disgusting and an abominable place. Boyle uses unpleasant words such as “fester”, “decompose”, “slime”, and “ooze” to describe the area in order to make the reader sick or disgusted. Another person might see the swamp as beautiful, so Boyle’s description conveys a prejudice in his piece. Just like the author did in passage one, Boyle mentions the wildlife of Okefenokee Swamp, yet he is very precise about which species he talks about: “[f]our hundred and thirty thousand acres of stinging, biting, and boring insects” (251). In this part of the passage, Boyle focuses solely on insects, which are repulsive to most humans. In order to emphasize how nasty these creatures are he mentions how they sting, bite, and bore into humans, making a visit there undesirable. Although he provides information about the swamp, Boyle adds his own opinion making the entire passage subjective. When Boyle describes the animals such as reptiles, amphibians, and fish, he states that they are “equipped with beaks,

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