"The flower garden is prim, the house a gleaming white, and the pale fence across the yard stands straight and spruce."
"Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had. Of course, he wasn't crazy crazy like old Miss Leedie...but was a nice crazy, like someone you meet in your dreams."
"...the peacock spread his magnificent tail, enfolding the boy gently like a closing go-to-sleep flower, burying him in the glorious iridescent, rustling vortex."
Lillian Wolfe Pd. 4
Imagery and Detail
"The last graveyard flowers were blooming...speaking softy the names of our dead."
"...the sick-sweet smell of bay flowers hung everywhere like a mournful song."
This image portrays the sorrowful tone of the story. It depicts the most climactic event where Doodle lies dead, and the big brother realized what he has done. The image includes the elements of rain, dark sky, blood, and death which all add to the sorrowful tone.
Writing Assignment: Narrative
The author uses descriptive nouns and adjectives that are more emphatic and help the reader understand the story more clearly. Doodle is described as crazy, but a certain kind of crazy that is nice. Also, the words "magnificent," "glorious," and "vortex" are used in a description of one of Doodle's lies. They emphasize that Doodle was good at lying and had a wild imagination.
The background of this block is of a pretty swamp similar to the way Old Woman Swamp is described in the story. The narrator uses a variety of figurative language elements to paint a picture of the swamp and other parts of the story in the reader's mind.
"He collapsed onto the grass like a half-empty flour sack."
"...into the green dimness where the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream."
"They named him William Armstrong, which is like tying a big tail on a small kite."
The story is written in a narrative style. It describes an experience using descriptive words, varied sentence structure and arrangement, and figurative language. The events begin with a flashback and are drawn out with detailed description. These elements make a story more enjoyable to read. This block shows the narrator at the time he may have had to write about his experience in a narrative.
One message that the author is trying to convey is that it is wrong to force someone to be something they are not. From the detail in this story and the way that it ends, you can tell that the author is passionate about natural diversity among people. That he believes diversity is a good thing and nature should not be interfered with.