Bloody, vicious, and gut wrenching deaths occur frequently across the world. Human often contribute to the demise of various living things in order to ensure their own survival. People capture and execute animals for nourishment and protection. In the short story “The Rattler,” a man must decide whether or not to spare the life of a rattlesnake that he encounters during a walk in the desert. He chooses to slaughter the snake, resulting in the snake’s gory death. The author convinces the audience to sympathize with the snake and empathize with the narrator through the characterization of the snake, the descriptions of the tranquil environment, and the perspective of the man. The snake’s just treatment of the man, intelligence, and gruesome …show more content…
At the beginning of the passage, the man decides to take a walk in the desert after sunset. He notices the “thinning” sunlight, along with the much “cooler” air and “savory odors” from the scrub. The combination of the cooler weather and twilight surrounding create a relaxing environment. The peaceful surroundings contrasts with the violent, bloody execution of the serpent. The juxtaposition between the location and the snake’s upcoming death causes the passing of the snake to feel even more jarring and harsh. The narrator also indicates that he is alone in the desert. Until encountering the snake, the narrator believes that he is the “only thing abroad”. The narrator is completely away from society with no other humans nearby. The man is strolling through the desert, which is the snake’s habitat. The snake can normally roam freely throughout his environment. However, his life is abruptly cut short despite wandering in own home. The death occurring in the snake’s territory makes his death even more cruel. After the death of the snake, the narrator envisions him departing over “twilit sands.” In the man’s daydream, the snake is shown the desert leaving peacefully instead of dying. The author’s choice to end the story with the image of snake adds to the already dismal mood. The author uses the time of day, emptiness of the surroundings, and the daydream of the serpent highlight the snake’s cruel
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The Rattler In the passage The Rattler the author depicts the narrator of the story as regretful of having the obligation to take the life of the snake that could potentially harm others at the ranch. The author, throughout the story, uses literary devices and techniques to explain mankind’s power over nature. This is also seen as the narrator’s sense of duty to the ranch vs the respect he has for all life. The author’s diction throughout the passage is a clear indication and example of the overlapping theme of duty to the ranch’s inhibitors against morals for killing the snake for the man, the narrator.
The snake itself is an embodiment of sin, or in a biblical sense, the devil himself. This novel has outright biblical references strewn throughout its entirety. There are constant ties to it through its characters names and scenarios that take place, in this section where Ruth May is bitten by a snake and dies, the snake is a representation of sin, and the sin that plagued Ruth May until she was overcome by it, and in this case experienced physical death. Within Genesis in the King James version of the bible, we are met with the classic story of Adam and Eve, where Eve is met by a serpent in the garden who tempts her to take a bite of an apple from the tree of knowledge. In the same sense that Eve was coerced by the devil, in this case in the form of a serpent, to bite the fruit, a process in which would start the possibility of spiritual death, Ruth May was bitten by the snake, which would start the possibility of physical death.
After reading “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, you’ll never think of snakes the same way ever again. In “Sweat”, a snake ends the suffering of a woman who’s too afraid to stand up for herself. Snakes are a symbol of a penis and sexual power. In the story, Hurston describes the snake as “long, round, limp, and black”(1), which are adjectives similar to describing a penis and in this story the snake represents sexual power. For example Sykes says to Delia “‘Taint no use uh you puttin’ on airs makin’ out lak you skeered uh dat snake’”(6).
Although this large, frightening snake is ultimately feared, and also causes the death of a young character in the novel, its is a symbol of the spirit of the jungle. After Ruth May’s sudden and tragic death, it suggests in the novel that she becomes the trees of the vast jungle watching over everyone. In the final chapter of the story it says “I forgive you, Mother. I shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers” (Kingsolver 543). This quotes gives us reason to believe that it is Ruth May that is narrating this final passage, and that she has become the trees and is now apart of
In The Rattler the speaker’s rhetorical strategy is to use pathos to make the audience feel sympathy for his/her actions and to also use logos to give good reasons for his/her actions. The speaker is justified in killing the rattlesnake because he/she was protecting the lives of others while being courageous at the same time. In the third paragraph the author uses pathos when he/ she says: “But I reflected that there were children, dogs, horses at the ranch, as well as men and women like shod; my duty, plainly, was to the kill the snake.”
What do you conceptualize when you think of a sharp cavern, a volcano, or maybe a gun? Death probably comes to mind for the reason that that is what these objects commonly cause. This quote is filled with the personification of death, as is the rest of the book, but this time is different.
He began to remember that day, when Jesus took a rest beside his house, with a great wooden cross rested in his shoulders. He remembered how Jesus spoke to him: Jesus was not furious. His face is sad and his eyes did not show hatred as he continued walking. Then, he recalled something: something his mind suppressed him to recall, There was a snake who followed Jesus as I walked from my house... it hid under the shadow of the cross.
The woman is initially described as “A tall, lean woman, dressed in a severe dark suit-her straight black hair, growing low on a flat forehead, and her black eyes glittered in the strong light.” All of those characteristics are characteristics similar to those of a snake. A snake is long and skinny, and
Jim was very fond of Antonia from the beginning. He found her to be attractive and intriguing. Antonia found happiness in Jim and seen a friendship within him. For example, in the story it states, “Antonia laughed and squeezed my hand as if to tell me how glad she was I had come.” From there, Jim had started to teach Antonia how to speak English and they began their friendship.
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” “It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself” (Vizzini 9) Depression is a mental illness that affects roughly over 350 million people worldwide. Those 350 million people may be a different age, race/ethnicity, or be in a different social position. It affects anyone, regardless of who you are or you come from. The book, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” focuses on that topic and how people with different backgrounds deal with their mental illness. One of the major of many themes in this book is that depression can affect anyone, no matter what their life is like, but it gets better once you learn to accept it as well as yourself.
The deadly Congo snake connected to the sea and all other dark and light rivers. The setting of these adventurous and ethical tasks is a vast jungle where most of the stories take place. As a symbol of the forest, Mallow entered the dark cave of his soul in the heart of the journey to Africa. It even became the
“And now, Jacob, when I count to three, you are going to wake up. But when you awaken, Jacob, you will not be yourself. In fact, you will be a snake. You will crawl on your belly and hiss like a viper on the count of three, Jacob. One, you are waking up slowly.
It coiled its body around the neck of the beautiful maiden and whispered, “I have been returning the king’s cruelty to him by devouring the women of his kingdom. But as to your selfless act of kindness, I can only repay you with an equally selfless act of kindness. From now on, for as long as you keep me with you, I will be your eyes.” The snake began to glow as it shrunk down and shed its skin around her. From then on, the maiden was no longer
Throughout the story, the author uses strong word choice to indicate that the snake did nothing wrong. In the beginning when the man first finds the snake, it is described as relaxed making the reader believe that it is not inherently