The Taste of Watermelon

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  • As a matter of fact, I'm going after it right now.
  • ”I went on, wishing I was equipped like a terrapin for the job, outside as well as inside”. While reading this part of the story, I immediately noticed similarities and differences between the small turtle and the protagonist. They both like watermelons, they are both trying to be as unnoticeable as possible, and they are both on small quests. The terrapin is after food and the boy is after admiration, and proving himself. But the quote that I picked highlights a difference between them, both physical and mental. The terrapin has a strong shell in which it could hide for safety and it is also relaxed because it doesn’t have the fear of being shot by Mr. Wills. This makes the narrator so much more vulnerable than the small turtle. 
  • Hello, brother.
  • Near the beginning of the rising action, the narrator says,”’I’m going to take it right out from under his nose. Tonight.’”. This is one of the key points in the story because, apart from some foreshadowing, this is the moment when the readers find out what is going to take place in the story. The author chooses the idiom “from under his nose” because quite literally, the narrator is going to try to steal Mr. Will’s seed melon on the brightest night. The author also made the word “tonight” a sentence of its own. This makes it stand out to the reader and increases the tension and build up of the story. 
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  • "I went on, wishing I was equipped like a terrapin for the job, outside as well as inside."
  • “At last the melon loomed up before me, deep green in the moonlight, and I gasped at the size of it.”. The author purposely chooses the word “loomed” to depict the immense size of the watermelon. Since the narrator was crawling, the watermelon covered most of his field of view in a threatening type of way. Normally, “loomed” isn’t a common adjective used to describe fruits, but in this quote it really paints a clear image of what the boy saw.
  • There was nothing else to do.
  • "There was more to it than just bravado. I was proving something to myself - and to Mr Wills and Willadean". Given the fact that the narrator's family are not farmers, he feels he has a need to prove himself to everyone else. The whole point of the adventure is not to get a watermelon to eat, it is to prove his worthiness to Mr. Wills, Willadean, himself, and especially his friends. Therefore, the use of the word "bravado" perfectly describes the bold manner in which he behaves to impress everyone. This is also shown when he decides whether or not to carve his name on the melon rather than stealing it.
  • "I struggled around behind the melon and shoved at it. It rolled over sluggishly, and I pushed it again". In this quotation, the author uses very interesting adjectives to describe the watermelon. The use of the word "struggled" gives us the idea that the melon is so big that it is difficult to get around it. The word "sluggishly" also adds to the image that the watermelon is very cumbersome. Also, it isn't a common word to describe a fruit but in this case, it describes the watermelon very effectively. The use of those two adjectives gives us a clear idea of how difficult it is for the boy to roll this huge melon out of the field.
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  • "'There was nothing else to do,' I said, and they nodded solemnly."
  • Once the narrator gets the watermelon out of the field, his friends help him take it to the creek. There they open it up and eat it. Yet the watermelon is so enormous that they end up leaving a ton of extra watermelon left over. They decide to mash it all up and throw it at each other. "'There was nothing else to do,' I said, and they nodded solemnly". This quotation shows that the fun lasted very little and after that everyone became serious and solemn. The use of the word "solemnly" really helps to make this contrast between fun and serious easy to see for the reader.
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