Would you want to read an entire piece of literature without any description? The most common answer would be “no,” which shows how relevant descriptive language is to any text. Descriptive language is a very influential craft tool that is used throughout many pieces of literature. The effect it has on those texts is so essential that if used consistently and purposefully, it allows the readers to visualize the scene that is created by the author. This essay will compare and contrast the descriptive language used within the short story, “A Sound of Thunder,” by author Ray Bradbury, and the novel, Pendragon, by D.J. MacHale. In “A Sound of Thunder,” the descriptive language is used to portray the scenes that occur throughout the story and acts …show more content…
In “A Sound of Thunder,” the descriptive language focuses on the actions. “Like a stone idol, like a mountain avalanche, Tyrannosaurus fell. Thundering, it clutched trees, pulled them with it. It wrenched and tore the metal Path. The men flung themselves back and away. The body hit, ten tons of cold flesh and stone. The guns fired. The Monster lashed its armored tail, twitched its snake jaws, and lay still. A fount of blood spurted from its throat. Somewhere inside, a sac of fluids burst. Sickening gushes drenched the hunters. They stood, red and glistening.” The descriptive word choice that Bradbury used, describes the actions that take place as the Tyrannosaurus rex is shutting down, leading to its death - organs malfunctioning, liquids running, everything shutting off, snapped delicate forearms, meat settled, quivering. The descriptive actions creates a moving image that the reader can visualize. Whereas in the novel, Pendragon, the description focuses on the use of vivid adjectives, “Outside of the palace the two armies were drawing closer. The Milago miners were making their way through the dense forest, while the Bedoowan knights massed along the far side of a giant, open field. This grassy, sloping field was where the long-awaited battle would take place. Behind the Bedoowan was nothing but ocean.” In order to create the picturesque scene of the preparations for battle, the author uses strong adjectives to describe the scenery of the battleground. MacHale uses descriptive language to allow the reader to visualize the setting such as the dense forest, and the giant, open field. The way MacHale uses the language is still very effective, but uses many adjectives to describe the scene rather than the descriptive actions that are used in Bradbury’s short
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In the short story, “A sound of Thunder”, Ray Bradbury used figurative language to make a bigger impact on the story. When Eckels goes into the office he sees and hears, “... A sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time, all the years and all the parchment calendars- all the hours piled high and set aflame.” The author, Ray Bradbury, wanted his audience to have a specific image set in the audience’s head. By using a simile he help the reader imagine how Eckle’s is going to get to the past.
The effective use of figurative language in the novel helps readers picture an object setting, or character in their mind. As an example, the author states, “The leaves stick together like floppy pages in a decomposing book” (166). This simile paints a clear picture of the leaves in Melinda’s yard. The ability for a reader to clearly see what the author is depicting unequivocally shows that Speak is enjoyable and quality writing. In addition, the author effectively uses descriptive imagery in the novel.
Panic, anxiety, and most importantly, fear, are all components that form the adventurous tale, The Most Dangerous Game. Rainsford, the protagonist of the story, is widely recognized as an experienced hunter who ventures off in a ship to travel to Rio in order to hunt jaguars. However, the story turns when Rainsford falls off his ship, encounters a hunter who hunts men, and becomes the prey himself. Although Connell sets up an intense plot by using irony, characterization, word choice, and other literary devices, imagery is one of the main aspects that releases an uneasy feeling within the audience. Imagery is a common literary device that authors use to engage a reader into the story, by painting the scene in the audience’s mind.
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A tangerine is not only a citrus fruit, but also a county in Florida that is home to Paul Fisher and his older brother Erik. In the novel titled Tangerine by Edward Bloor, Paul Fisher, the protagonist, is not only bullied at school, but also at home by his brother, while having to live in the house where his dad lives in the illusion of the “Erik Fisher Football Dream.” In this new county that Paul moves to, he constantly has to put up with natural disasters like muck fires and sinkholes. The move from Houston, Texas to Tangerine County, Florida is the start of a new chapter for the Fisher family, especially Paul.
In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” the author, Richard Connell uses the wonders of figurative language to spice things up in many ways throughout the story. Almost every page had something lying within itself, hidden behind metaphors similes, personification, and the list goes on. Some examples of how Richard Connell uses figurative language were clearly displayed on page 62: “Didn’t you notice that the crew’s nerves were a bit jumpy today?” This page also began to reveal the main feeling/emotion of the story(eerie/suspicious) came to be-which was set off by the example I used above. In this scene, the author uses very descriptive words and/or adjectives in his choice(s) of figurative language when he writes, “There was no breeze.
Ray Bradbury uses several craft moves throughout his dystopian story names ‘The Veldt’. Using imagery, foreshadowing, and irony; Ray Bradbury enriches the story with these varying craft moves. Each is used to place the setting and feel of the story in the readers’ minds. Imagery is a craft move that was used to detail important areas in the story and help sell the scene Bradbury is creating to the reader. This is used to build a mood; one in particular is suspense.
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In this assignment we are instructed to show examples of literary devices and linguistic elements used in the novel given. In the novel Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, the author uses literary devices to express situations, emotions, thoughts, or further express the characters and setting. Monster is a story about a 16 year old adolescent named Steve Harmon who is being charged with murder of a liquor store clerk. It is unknown as to if he was involved or not since the story is in limited third person and we must rely on the information given to us by the narrator. I have chosen to write about the historical context, mood, setting and point of view used in Monster.
In “A Sound of Thunder,” there were more examples of technology
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His language is free from superficialities verbosity. Miller does not prefer elevated language of tragedies; his is a different kind of tragedy. Yet Willy has a taste for colourful imagery. Each character is made to use a language according to his status and role and
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That quote shows just a little bit of how the story gets exciting and thrilling. The author uses both the suspense and the thrilling aspect to convey his theme. The short story, “A Sound of Thunder” uses two separate time periods, snobbish and cautious characters, a breathtaking and frantic plot, and multiple forms of conflict to convey his theme of showing the Butterfly Effect and demonstrating how causes for your actions can sometimes be gigantic.
Though Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories like, The Cask of Amontillado, to his poems like, The Raven, Poe’s shows his writing style to use physical imagery and connotative syntax to show ,imagery in his writing. Throughout his life, Poe had always lived through the most chaotic and evil of time. His parents died while he was 3 years old. After his parents died, he lived with another family member who never accepted him as their own son. Later on in life, Poe had served in the military and at that point he started writing poems.