Never underestimate nature for it is breathtaking, but has a dark perilous side. Nature manages to strike at the most unplanned times, it is deceitful and can cause havoc around the world in the most bizarre ways. One never quite knows when nature might strike. Daphne du Maurier exhibits a concept in her story,“The Birds” of how even the most overlooked objects in nature can cause just as much chaos as something one would expect. Daphne du Maurier uses the imagery from her story, “The Birds” to successfully have the reader foreshadow events, arouse feelings of curiosity, learn about the dangers in nature, and connect to the main character.
In "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett, the main character, Sylvia, must decide between the human, material world and the natural, organic world in an ultimatum centered around the life of an elusive and enchanting White Heron. This journey Sylvia takes is developed through the author's use of colors and metaphorical applications of animals to highlight the main character and her central conflict of choosing between man and nature.
Descriptive imagery is also dominant in line 29 “She clawed through bits of glass and brick,” allows the reader to vividly picture the mother frantically digging through the crumbling remains of the church in search of the daughter she holds dear to her heart. Clearly picturing the frantic mother the readers can feel how dramatic the situation is and the devastating, emotional impact it will have on the mother’s life. The descriptive imagery adds to the dramatic situation by allowing the reader to picture the mother and bu...
Just like in the beginning exert of “A Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, the author introduces suspense and invites readers in by first setting the scene of an ideal and perfect world where,”…all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings.” The scene the author is painting shows nature and humans coexisting together and this type of interaction brings an image of beauty and peace to mind. She also mentions that the country was especially famous for its abundant and various types of birds and makes several references to them throughout the story. Different types of birds carry a different symbolism each for example, the dove is a symbol for peace and friendship but a crow can signify that something terribly wrong is near.
An example would be in How to Tell Renata, where it states “It’s rained the entire summer, and the air is heavy with the smell of an old basement.” This phrase refers to Renata talking about her summer. Her attention to detail in the way she speaks gives readers a great visualization of the scene. Readers can clearly set the scene (s) and situations in their minds using all 5 senses. Another example is in The Blue Bead, where it states “He came to rest in the glassy shallows, among logs, and balanced there on tiptoe on the rippled sand, with only his raised eyes out of the water, and raised nostrils breathing the clean sunny air.” This is at the beginning scene in the swamp. The attention to detail allows the reader to visualize the crocodile in the swamp very accurately. Finally, an example in Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady is where it states “Her nose was a pig’s snout; from a misshapen mouth stuck out two yellowing rows of horse teeth; her cheeks were covered in sores; she had only one eye; rheumy and red-rimmed; and from a naked scalp hung a few lank strands of hair.” This quote was used to describe the Loathly Lady. The amount of descriptive adjectives used to describe the Loathly Lady’s appearance creates a stunningly accurate portrayal of the woman’s appearance. In conclusion, these three short stories give readers clear visuals in their minds through words of scenarios, settings and
J.F. Power’s emotional tone about an elderly man named Mr. Newman, shows how defeated he is about his old age using the words “bony hands” and “ancient fountain pen”. The story “The Old Bird, A Love Story”, written by J.F. Powers, talks about the life of Mr. Newman who is an unemployed and elderly man. Mr. Newman tries to acquire a job, but as time paasses he realizes that it isn’t as simple as it looks. Mr. Newman finds out the older he is, the way people think of him is different and that it's harder to find a job at his age. Mr. Newman notices that he is inferior to society because of his old age.
In their artful description of large flocks of birds, both John Audobon and Annie Dillard are able to utilize a variety of imagery, syntax, diction, and points of views to describe the birds and to convey their effects in a stylistic manner. However, despite their noted similarities, including that of their fiery passion for bird watching, there are many differences in their work that make their individual descriptions unique. Audobon is more concrete and scientific, listing distinct observations and conveying them in a simple and technical manner, while Dillard is more abstract and artistic, adding more literary techniques and providing “trance-like” descriptions.
Readers will find details about almost anything that comes to play in the story, such as the wind and how ferocious it is or how it gives great detail on the sign Johnson goes to look at. “She could see that it had been there for a long time because its original pain was streaked with rust where years of rain and snow had finally eaten the paint off down to the metal and the metal had slowly rusted, making a dark red stain like blood”. This sentence has a lot of detail in it explaining how old the sign is, how long it must’ve been there and how rusty it look, without so much details Petry could have just said the sign was old a rusty but that wouldn’t appeal to many people. The selection of detail helps bring readers in and make them keep reading along with making the story more
¨The Birds¨ short story by Daphne De Maurier and The Birds film by Albert Hitchcock both have their own presentations of isolation that plays a role in the pieces. In the short story, the Hocken family are the only people on the peninsula after the bird attacks. In the movie, Lydia Brenner has the fear of isolation even before the bird attacks. The phobia of isolation is displayed in both the story and the film.