Passage Two Rhetorical Devices

705 Words3 Pages
The narrators in each of the passages give completely different perceptions of their attitudes toward change. The narrator is very important in pieces of literature because the narrator’s impressions are what we grasp from any writing piece. In both of these passages, each narrator expresses a certain feeling or attitude on leaving where they have been for a long period of time. In Passage One, the narrator was very emotional about leaving, while the narrator in Passage Two was enthusiastic and anxious about vacating. The rhetorical devices, tone, diction, and parallel structure in both passages convey the narrators’ views toward the change that is about to take place in their lives. In Passage One, the tone is bitter and gloomy. The narrator…show more content…
The narrator is a woman embarking on a career as a governess. She vividly described what she did before she would be leaving, which helps to understand that she is excited to leave. For example, she says “I now busied myself in preparations: the fortnight passed rapidly.” The narrator made sure she was busy so that the time would pass quicker, since she was so happy to embark. She also states “I had brushed my black stuff travelling-dress, prepared my bonnet, gloves, and muff; sought in all my drawers to see that no article was left behind; and now having nothing more to do, I sat down and tried to rest.” This statement describes, in great detail, what she did to prepare to leave. You can clearly tell that she is excited by the way she is telling her preparations. The narrator also says “I could not; though I had been on foot all day, I could not now repose an instant; I was too much excited.” Even though she tried to rest, she was too full of anticipation. Here, she describes just how excited she was, and how hard it was for her to just sit down when there was a great future to look forward to. Description was very helpful in getting the narrator’s attitude about change across. Both passages have several rhetorical devices that convey the narrators’ attitudes toward the changes that would be occurring. Overall, by the way that these passages are presented, we know
Open Document