Analysis Of Owning Ground By E. M. Forster

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Is owning land good? Does having that land make one happy? Maybe, but in his passage, essayist E.M. Forster believes that owning property leads one to sin and become fat. He feels his land is weight holding him back from heaven. First, Forster utilizes precise and symbolic diction to express what his land means to him. Second, Forster integrates biblical allusions and visual imagery so one could image how owning property makes him feel. Third, Forster mimics the syntax to mirror the heavy load he took on for owning land. These establish a sarcastic tone. Forster 's excerpt is significant because it provides one with a prospective of what it feels like to own property. Wood. The property Forster regrets having. Forster begins his passage by…show more content…
All throughout his passage, Forster utilizes extremely long syntax, which mimics the heavy burden he feels from owning property. Forster 's passage is composed of long compound sentence. The lengthiness slows down the pace of his passage to convey the weight he has put on over the years. His weight continues to increase and increase because owning property over time has made him lazy, conveying a regretful tone. Forster also utilizes the anaphora of "wood" to label his land. Every time Forster talks about his land, he calls it his "wood". His "wood" was bought with a check. His "wood" was not large. His "wood" made him feel heavy. "Wood"... "Wood"... "Wood", all the way down to his last sentence. The repetition of the word helps denounce its meaning of his land. He does not want it because all his land makes him feel is sinfulness greed. The greed caused him to become lazy and fat, and because of this, he does not feel he is worthy enough to enter heaven. Forster 's passage also contains many passive sentences to detach himself for his property. His accumulation of weight sets a sadden tone because all he does is sit around because he is too sluggish to do anything else, hence mimicking his heavy burden through the same flow of sentence
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