Analysis: Debra Marquart's Love For The Upper Midwest

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Mrs. Younghouse AP American Literature/ Composition 22 January 2014 Analysis Essay In this passage, Debra Marquart conveys her love for the upper Midwest region, even as it resembles an uninhabitable and plain location for many who first approached it. Through her thorough use of allusions and diction to characterize the early region as plain, she is able to convince her reader of unique qualities of the region that cannot be found anywhere else. Marquart characterizes the upper Midwest as a region whose landscape is bland and dull yet very ordered and structured. She employs juxtaposition and diction to relay her characterization. Marquart utilizes juxtaposition to illustrate how the upper Midwest is bland, orderly and neat. She states,…show more content…
She utilizes words such as “lonely, treeless and devoid of rises and curves,” and “farmable plains.” Such words and phrases paint an image for the reader an image of the lonely landscape of the upper Midwest. Her description characterizes the landscape as plain and dull, yet at the same time her diction depicts a landscape which is serene and small. The upper Midwest has “easy inclines” and “farmable plains.” It’s a place of interest to those who are farming, like her grandparents. She combines those different descriptions to characterize the upper Midwest as a land which many find uninteresting and unremarkable due to the dull, plain environment. She notes how the Midwest assessors declared the region a “dreary plain.” This conjures images of an uninviting and dull region whose landscape is almost depressing. While Marquart does acknowledge that the landscape is bland, she also shows how it is seemingly inviting. She notes how the upper Midwest was the “heartland”showing the importance of this small area. Marquart characterizes the upper Midwest’s landscape as one which is bland and dull yet neat and orderly, and at the same time through use of juxtaposition, diction and reference to others’ opinions. She was able to paint pictures in the reader’s minds to allow them to imagine this dull yet beautiful
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