Joyas Voladoras Analysis

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In the poetic essay “Joyas Voladoras” by Brian Doyle, he switches subjects very quickly from paragraph to paragraph. First he states facts about the beautiful hummingbirds and their hearts, and how the first explorers called them “joyas voladoras,” or “flying jewels”. No matter what kind of hummingbird, they all go through torpor, or a deep sleep. He then talks about blue whales and how their hearts are as big as a room. Whales’ hearts are the biggest hearts in the world, and yet humans know almost nothing about them. Once they go through an “unimaginable puberty” (p. 32, l. 73), they disappear from human knowledge. No one knows why. After describing the blue whales, Doyle talks about the heart chambers in different kinds of animals. Birds and mammals have four, turtles and reptiles have three, and fish have two. Doyle then writes about our emotional heart, and how us humans go through lots during our lifetime, good and bad. Memories also fill up a lot of our heart, memories that we cherish forever. Those memories can be about big things, or the little things, such as “your father’s voice early in the morning echoing from the kitchen where he is…show more content…
Without our hearts, our bodies would be nothing. The heart runs it all. During our lifetime, we go through many good and bad things. When bad things happen, we tend to “brick up” (p. 112-113) our hearts. To brick up our hearts, we shield away everything that is going on in the outside world because we feel pain. The heart feels all our emotions, and often times, when we get hurt, we want to curl up and ignore everything. However, our lives do not last forever. Approximately, we only have about two billion heartbeats in a lifetime, so when something bad happens, we have to pick ourselves up and keep going. We can’t just shut down forever, or else how are you going to enjoy the good moments in life? Since life doesn’t last forever, we better make the best of
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