Brian Doyle's 'Joyas Voladoras'

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Brian Doyle is the author of the short story “Joyas Voladoras” which talks about the journey of life through metaphors and different animals as examples. Doyle explores the pain, the happiness, the memories that happen during a lifetime. It helps people understand the value of relationships in life. In the short story “Joyas Voladoras”, Doyle portrays that a relationship makes life worth living.
Doyle uses the hummingbird to show that love is needed in life, because love is the food of the heart. Doyle says, “Their hearts slugging nearly to halt, barely beating, and if they are no soon warmed, if they do not soon find that which is sweet, their hearts grow cold, and they can cease to be” (Doyle). Doyle compares the hummingbird to the heart because it needs something to keep it going. The heart is barely beating if it has nothing to keep it going. It will slowly die unless it finds something to keep feeding from. In addition it states that people need someone to love them or something to love on. Everyone needs love in their life even if it implies challenges to come.
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That special someone is going to make everything worth it. Doyle states, “The animals with the largest hearts in the world generally travel in pairs, and their penetrating moaning cries, their piercing yearning tongue, can be heard underwater for miles and miles”(Doyle). Doyle is trying to tell a point about life, even the biggest of the animals travels in pairs, it goes through hard times, and still needs the support of others. Furthermore this is trying to express to everyone how nature works. It does not matter how strong, big or small people are, they are designed to love and be loved. Love is what makes all the suffering worth it, because that is shared. Life finds meaning if there is someone to share it
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