Thematic Conflict In Shakespeare's Hyperbole, By Mei Vandervelde

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Mei Vandervelde, the author, develops the thematic conflict by using rhetorical devices to emphasize certain points, project the feelings of the character and to keep the reader moving through the piece in a way that they end up focusing on key, intentional points. The authors goal in this piece is to build to a specific climax. In the beginning there is a small climax, a foreshadowing of what is to come and to show the conflict between the character and the river. Vandervelde uses polysyndeton to lead the reader through it. She then goes on to use hyperbole, onomatopoeia, alliteration, anadiplosis, apposition, and antithesis throughout the piece. These are all used to bring up the intensity and make certain points stand out, such as when the …show more content…
Isocolon: when two parts are very similar grammatically. The author uses this to state where the character is in a straightforward way “at the edge of the waterfall at the top of the falls” because the character had finally almost made it to the infamous “launch pad” and the author wanted that to be clear. Vandervelde talks of how nice the water looks and then says in parentheses “how very misleading” she does this because she wanted to quickly insert it without having to use an entire sentence to say it but still wanted the readers to know how the character feels about the river and to build the climax. Another hyperbole is used “bajillions of gallons of water.” A bajillion is not even a real number it is simply used to emphasize the amount of something. The first sentence of the third paragraph consists of two rhetorical devices Vandervelde first uses apposition “Just passed the waterfall a jagged chunk of cliff jutted out, the “launch pad,”” she used this to describe the “launch pad,” and then reveal the identity of what she was describing at the end for emphasis. In the same sentence the author uses antithesis “the lowest of the highest points” to describe the launch pad. They are in the midst of the highest cliffs but go for the lowest one; the author’s goal was to make an interesting contrast. The author used a simile as description to describe the splash Jason’s jump made “decorated the surface like fireworks” she used fireworks because they can look like a splash in the sky, a beautiful thing but a dangerous one, like the jump. All the while until the jump the author is trying to build the character’s feelings about the jump how they are excited but scared curious but nervous. She uses anadiplosis to emphasize just how scared the character is. “A little of my confidence

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