A Drowning Essay

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Short Story A Drowning 1. Imagery a. Visual 1. ‘I watched him drown.’ P.160 2. ‘I could see him working furiously trying to get it started.’ P.160 3. ‘All at once one swell broke, all around him, she went over, and I saw him leaping and thrown clear.’ P.160 4. ‘Next I saw him there shocked in the water, but swimming evenly, fighting it, swimming away from the rocks, staying on top of the water, the white foam all over his darkly clad from like an otter in a brook.’ P.160 b. Auditory c. Tactile d. Olfactory e. Gustatory 2. Simile a. ‘Next I saw him there shocked in the water, but swimming evenly, fighting it, swimming away from the rocks, staying on top of the water, the white foam all over his darkly clad from like an otter in a brook.’ P.160 b. ‘It broke early, running down onto him like an avalanche for eighty or a hundred feet, a white wall tumbling and rushing forward to drown him.’ P.160 c. ‘He burst from below a second time like a shot, his arm first, punching into air, swimming before he was even back on top of the water, swimming out to sea.’ P.160 d. ‘My arm jerked up like a spasm and involuntary, waving for no reason really, a human impulse, a need to be recognized, to identify to him that I was there, even in the extraordinary circumstances.’ P.161 3. Personification a. ‘The pun was already smashed, caught high up in the teeth of the land with tons and tons of water pouring back into the sea, off of the rocks and cliffs.’

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