Travelers: Fantasists, Conjurers, and Seers of the World Essay

1151 Words Nov 26th, 2013 5 Pages
Haley Stewart
English 101
Marshall University

Travelers: Fantasists, Conjurers, and Seers of the World

What makes traveling to foreign lands such a coveted and memorable experience? What does one get out of exploring new cultures and atmospheres? In “The Shock of Teapots,” by Cynthia Ozick, the quality and nature of traveling and travelers themselves is explored. Within this work of creative nonfiction, Ozick strategically uses genre, diction, and exemplification to effectively emphasize that travelers see ordinary things in a new light when visiting other places and countries.
She starts off by discussing a morning during a Swedish autumn. She describes the morning using a lot of imagery, saying things such as that it is
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Referencing when she says that natives had experienced a Swedish autumn before and she hadn’t, “I have not.” could become “He had not.” and lose this trust (pg. 69). The audience would also not feel as connected to the writer and their experiences because of this, and the main point of the work would lose its strength.
In this specific instance, the author’s diction offers insight into her main focus. It is as if she is attempting to take the audience through the journey to Stockholm and Edinburgh along with her, so they can experience being a traveler themselves. The diction of her descriptions does make the reader feel as if they are there, such as when she says, “I landed in Edinburgh with the roaring of the plane’s four mammoth propellers for days afterward embedded in my ears,” (pg. 69). The word “roaring” causes the reader to imagine that hateful sound, and the word “mammoth” evokes sensory imagery to describe the seemingly overwhelmingly large plane. It’s as if they can actually hear and see the plane themselves because of these words. She uses phrases and words such as “minutely idiosyncratic,” “vagabond,” and “like gold leaf beaten gossamer as tissue,” creating a fantastical atmosphere for the reader as they travel through the story (pg. 68-71). Just like she says travelers gain new perspective in different lands, it’s as if she herself is trying to get the reader to gain new perspectives on how one can use the English language.
Lastly, Ozick’s use

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