Fictional Analysis

 Literary Examination Essay

DykesВ 1В

AnnaliseВ DykesВ

Mrs. В FoordВ

HonorsВ EnglishВ IIВ

15В SeptemberВ 2014В

" В TheВ JohnstownВ Flood” LiteraryВ AnalysisВ

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" ThenВ aВ longВ roof, whichВ mayВ haveВ beenВ whatВ wasВ leftВ ofВ theВ arcadeВ building, cameВ plowingВ towardВ her, В lookingВ asВ bigВ asВ aВ steamboatВ loadedВ downВ withВ perhapsВ twentyВ people. В SheВ calledВ outВ toВ them, В beggingВ someoneВ toВ saveВ her”(112В­113). В ThisВ isВ aВ quoteВ fromВ oneВ ofВ DavidВ McCullough'sВ historicalВ narratives. В McCulloughВ tellsВ thisВ story, В " TheВ JohnstownВ Flood” throughВ hisВ useВ ofВ imagery, В diction, andВ personification. В В

OneВ wayВ McCulloughВ keepsВ thisВ historicalВ narrativeВ interestingВ isВ throughВ theВ useВ ofВ images. В HeВ describesВ aВ houseВ as, В " aВ longВ centerВ hallВ andВ aВ beautifullyВ furnishedВ parlorВ atВ oneВ endВ andВ littleВ bedroomsВ withВ dollВ beds... ”(111). В ByВ usingВ theseВ descriptiveВ words, В likeВ " beautifully” andВ " dollВ beds, ” McColloughВ helpsВ theВ readerВ toВ pictureВ aВ decadentВ roomВ filledВ withВ luxuriousВ items. В AnotherВ exampleВ ofВ McCullough'sВ useВ ofВ imageryВ isВ displayedВ inВ pageВ 111, В " ItВ wasВ thenВ thatВ heВ sawВ theВ darkВ mistВ andВ heardВ theВ soundВ ofВ theВ waveВ coming, В heВ hurried.. ”. В ThroughВ theВ useВ ofВ imagery, В McCulloughВ directsВ theВ readersВ attentionВ toВ theВ panicВ ofВ theВ characters, В itВ pullsВ theВ readersВ inВ andВ causesВ themВ toВ createВ aВ mentalВ pictureВ ofВ whatВ isВ happeningВ inВ thatВ moment. В

AnotherВ stylisticВ elementВ McCulloughВ usesВ inВ hisВ writingВ isВ diction. В AnВ exampleВ ofВ theВ specificВ dictionВ McCulloughВ usesВ isВ whenВ heВ states, В " thisВ bigВ houseВ couldВ neverВ goВ down”(108). В TheВ wordВ choiceВ andВ placingВ ofВ thisВ lineВ inВ theВ storyВ directlyВ alludesВ toВ theВ ending, В laterВ inВ theВ

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storyВ whenВ floodВ watersВ riseВ andВ leaveВ theВ familyВ runningВ toВ theВ topВ ofВ theВ bigВ hillВ forВ safety. В McCulloughВ usesВ thisВ literaryВ deviceВ toВ grabВ theВ readersВ attentionВ earlyВ onВ andВ toВ keepВ themВ guessingВ throughoutВ theВ storyНѕВ В however, В В heВ alsoВ usesВ itВ toВ buildВ suspenseВ andВ changeВ theВ moodВ byВ laterВ usingВ wordsВ likeВ " slammed” andВ " plowingВ towardsВ her” toВ describeВ theВ immediateВ В andВ...