Describing a Place Essay

  • The Devil's Road By Luis Alberto Urrea

    relate to the events more. The passage describing the condition of the migrants leading to their death is placed at the end of the second section of the novel, allowing the passage to serve as prelude to the desolation in the final section of the book. The author chooses to inform the reader of the tragic conditions that the migrants are in almost immediately before introducing the travelers’ names and stories. By giving a name to the characters’ following the vivid description of the suffering, Urrea creates an even stronger feeling of sympathy from the audience because they are forced to tie the symptoms of death to names and stories. To draw these feelings from the audience, the author refers to the desert with language that emphasizes how dark of a place it is. He refers to the path as a “place named for the devil himself,” which is an attempt to create a sense of desolation around the desert (Urrea 13). The author also uses vivid language within the passage describing hyperthermia. Urrea makes a point that race and language are not factors in whether you will survive in the desert or of how much suffering you will encounter, the desert levels the social playing field (129). This brings the reader closer to the suffering described in the passage, contributing to the sympathetic tone Urrea has created throughout the novel. Urrea consistently uses language that brings the reader closer to the subject being discussed. While describing the occurrence of heat death he uses…

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  • Compare And Contrast The Road Not Taken And Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Although both “The Road not taken” (756) and “Nothing Gold can stay” (654) have different meanings they are also similar in many ways. Robert Frost tends to use a lot of nature imagery in most of his poems including both of these. Usually the nature imagery he uses has nothing to do with the true meanings of his poems. He is well known for using nature to describe a situation or place. In the poem “The Road not taken” (p.756), he is not really referring to two roads that run through an actual…

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  • Graduation By Maya Angelou Summary

    Michael Maciel ENG 001A Prof. Sudderth Maya Angelou’s “Graduation” is a short story describing Maya Angelou’s high school graduation from her own point of view. In this story Maya does an exceptional job in making the reader feel the same emotions that she felt during this major event in her life. The way Angelou describes her surroundings and the emotions felt during the event makes the reader feel as if they were right next to Maya watching her class graduate. Angelou sets a sense of…

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  • Analysis Of Antonio Machado's 'Last Night As I Was Sleeping'

    a Changed Heart Enlightenment generally comes in increments and rarely with the flash of the proverbial light bulb switching on. Scripture portrays truth as coming “line upon line, here a little, there a little” (The Holy Bible). Within Antonio Machado’s poem “Last Night As I Was Sleeping,” the reader travels through one person’s journey of religious awakening through the use of metaphor, diction, and symbolism. The poem describes baptism, conversion from wickedness to righteousness, recognition…

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  • Mid-August At Sourdough Mountain Lookout By Gray Snyder

    The poem, “Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout” by Gray Snyder, presents a gloomy moment of nostalgia, and captures the feeling of loneliness by describing his experiences: the present and the past, physically and mentally. The speaker feels a sentimental attachment to his past and his old friends, but ironically they are too busy to remember his existence. Snyder blends the styles of Japanese Haiku and Chinese lyrics, and creates a both descriptive and meditative poem to reveal his thought…

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  • Daily Life In Ancient Egpyt Analysis

    goes on to explain what kind of homes they lived in, the animals they used for working the land as well as the spiritual animals they carved into figurines, and other details about what their society was like. The remainder of the book gives details about what the main characters life would have been like, ranging from the minute details of diet to the larger details such as religion and death. Her style and organization make this book an excellent source for unbiased information. There were…

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  • The Importance Of Water Essay

    our survival. Since water is one of the basic needs of life, you would be surprised how much controversy comes with it. In recent years, there has been a debate over is water really wet or not. The great professors of the world can’t even come a conclusion. Water is not wet because it goes against the laws of english and science. Once you really contemplate the idea of water, you too, can see that it is not wet. Wet is defined by “consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with…

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  • Flannery O Connor's Use Of Violence In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    of the way O’Connor is describing the violence. During the accident, “Bailey removed the cat from his neck with both hands and flung it out the window,” which portrays the accident as a comedic one (O’Connor 411). This imagery of the cat being thrown from Bailey’s hands distracts the accident from the reader, which in turn makes the accident lack the graphic imagery the reader wants to have. When the accident is over June star says, “‘But nobody’s killed,’” as the grandmother “Limps out the car”…

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  • The Importance Of The Right To Personal Privacy

    Have you ever wondered if the Fourth Amendment is followed by the law enforcement? Turning to the Fourth Amendment itself it reads “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized.” The topics that will be addressed…

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  • Greed In Ichabod Crane's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

    love for America in his stories and portrays some characters as greedy in the two stories. The historical settings of these stories is made apparent by the use of elements common to the revolutionary era. In The Devil and Tom Walker when Irving is describing the setting he gives an impression that it took place in America. In describing the setting he says, "It had been the stronghold of the Indians during their war with the colonists." Since the war took place in America this is one…

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