The excerpt from Louise Erdrich’s novel, The Beet Queen, tells the story of two siblings arriving in an unfamiliar town. The excerpt depicts the different reactions of the siblings to their situation. The imagery of the excerpt conveys the state of the unfamiliar environment. The selection of detail in the excerpt reveals the impact that the environment has on the children. In the excerpt from Louise Erdrich’s novel, The Beet Queen, Erdrich uses imagery and selection of detail to depict the impact of the environment on the two children.
The imagery of the excerpt focuses on the town the children arrive in and the weather they endure. Although only mentioned in the first half of the excerpt, the weather has a considerable effect on the children …show more content…
These reactions and the impact of the environment on the children are revealed through selection of detail. First, Erdrich characterizes the children through details given in the second paragraph. Mary Adare is described as “short and ordinary” and “square and practical”. Karl Adare is described as having a “sweetly curved” mouth and “fine and girlish” skin. This information coincides with the children’s reactions to the tree. In paragraph four, when the children encounter the tree, Mary “trudged solidly forward, hardly glancing at it”. Her reaction to the tree proves that she does not need or seek the comfort the tree may provide. Alternately, the details of Karl’s reaction, how “his cheeks went pink, he stretched out his arms like a sleepwalker” and “floated to the tree”, prove that he needs the comfort the tree provided. The environment’s impact on the children causes them to react in this way. Erdrich effectively uses selection of detail to reveal these reactions.
The excerpt from Louise Erdrich’s novel, The Beet Queen, explores the effect of an unwelcoming environment on two children. Imagery contributes to the formation of the environment’s qualities through descriptions of weather and the town. Selection of detail develops the children’s reactions to the impact of the environment by including important details about the children and their actions. Through her
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(Bradbury, 9). The use of personification is applied through the use of weather and emotion. The weather cannot portray real human emotions but it can symbolize anger and fury. The parallels between the children and the house are no mistake. The children’s raw emotions echo through the house, the environments in their lives only cater to them and their feelings.
Many readers were eager to read the tone in The Painted Drum and The Bingo Palace. The Bingo Palace was published in 1995 giving Louise Erdrich enough time to perfect the tones in her novels. Between both novels Louise Erdrich changed tone in both novels because in The Painted Drum it was about Faye Travers finding an ancient drum, The Bingo Palace is about Lipsha Morrissey falling in love for the first time. In comparing the tones in both novels, there will be an examination of the tone in two different novels by Louise Erdrich.
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In Jamaica Kincaid’s Girl, a mother simultaneously berates her daughter with instructions and teaches her what society expects from her. Kincaid uses repetitive details frequently throughout the story. For example, the mother tells her daughter “how to hem a dress” and “behave in the presence of men” so that the daughter can avoid “looking” and being “recognize[d]” as the “slut” she is “bent on becoming” (437-8). Her mother’s message of avoiding acting ‘slutty’ exposes modern gender stereotypes. The repetitive details suggest that a girl must dress and behave a certain way to avoid being branded a slut.
Alice Walker uses imagery and diction throughout her short story to tell the reader the meaning of “The Flowers”. The meaning of innocence lost and people growing up being changed by the harshness of reality. The author is able to use the imagery to show the difference between innocence and the loss of it. The setting is also used to show this as well.
“We came upon the Prairie at sunset. It would be difficult to say why, or how.. but the effect on me was disappointment.” The author of passage one decides to open his essay with a tone of discouragement. Later in the passage, the reader can see that the writer uses his choice of language, and specifics to detail, to show his dull interest in the prairie.
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Unpolished Gem is a thought provoking tale that explores the journey of Alice Pung from girl to woman. The memoir fluidly transitions between a series of themes and ideas, but through these a constant concept is explored; the cultural divide. Alice’s culture and background are the foundation of every decision she makes and thus, throughout the entire autobiography, the reader observes the implications of this, and often, the divide this creates. The reader perceives the social division Alice’s culture generates and the impact this has on relationships in and out of the home, and also in Alice’s ability to assimilate. Cultural divide is also apparent to the reader when comparing the expectations of Alice’s family to those of her classmates.
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