The analytical paragraph.


Example based on "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst (single piece of evidence)

In this touching and powerful story entitled “The Scarlet ibis”, James Hurst uses personification to prove that too much pride can cause one to treat others in cruel ways. During the joyous celebration of Doodle’s new ability to walk, the main character begins crying, guilty thoughts racing through his mind,They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices (94),” therefore symbolizing that pride had a way of altering the main character’s motive towards Doodle’s success. This explains that the reason of the main character’s decision in guiding and helping Doodle was not for Doodle’s own benefit; instead it was because the main character felt a sense of embarrassment whenever he thought of Doodle’s immobility. It is thus natural that he would experience guilt and shame whenever he thought of his wrong motive. The author utilizes this personification to convey an important moral of the story, which is that love one should be treated with treated with patience and kindness, and that whenever doing a good deed for someone else, it is the good intention which counts, not the amount of pride or attention which is received.



Example based on "Those Three Wishes" by Judith Gorog (two pieces of evidence)

Judith Gorog, the author of “Those Three Wishes” uses indirect characterization to illustrate that people should not be too selfish and should be careful what they wish for. As a reward for not crushing the snail, Melinda Alice receives three wishes from the snail and cleverly wishes as her first wish “’my next thousand wishes come true’ she smiled triumphantly.” (1) Somehow, this can appear really smart. But wishing for another thousand wishes clearly indicates her overly confident self-esteem and selfishness. This indirect characterization explains how she reacts to things going on around her. When she smiles triumphantly, it is obvious that she is thinking of something selfish .After completing the first two wishes, she shouts out with glee “’I can have anything: stereo, tapes, TV videodisc, moped, car, anything! All my life!’” (1) Her words, the list of material items, indirectly characterize Melinda Alice as being selfish. She could have done something nice to a service place such as an orphanage. But wishing only those small things, it is obvious that she is greedily selfish and sort of stupid. She could have asked for something like world peace or to eradicate poverty in the world. Also, wishing for this prosperity to continue all of Melinda Alice’s life is impossible. That makes her sound even more selfish because she wants what she doesn’t even need, which is simply greedy. The author uses interesting indirect characterization to clearly describe the greediness and selfishness. Those triumphant smiles and having what she wants for all her life allows the reader to think about the scene and visualize Melinda Alice’s greedy face. Hopefully readers will see that people shouldn’t be too selfish and should be careful what they wish for.


Example based on "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury (three pieces of evidence)

In the short story “All Summer In A Day”, Ray Bradbury utilizes various comparisons to depict a crucial and picturesque setting that emblazons an understanding of William’s jealousy over Margot and her differences. In Margot’s innocent poem reminiscing the sun and all its glory, she describes the beautiful star asa flower that blooms for just one hour” (1). This direct comparison of the sun with an object vibrant with simplistic life, a flower, clearly relays the concept of the sun illustrated in her mind. This poem’s metaphor signifies the beauty as well as the importance of the sun being a primal key to the world’s survival. The metaphor suggests the sun to be as trite as a flower, and only appreciated when given to the common society for so little time, an hour in this case. Hope of mirthfulness spreading across the wet lands of Venus has long since been diminished in the hearts of the residents becausea thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown a thousand times to be crushed again” (1). This exaggeration of the internal conflict nature has between its land and weather implies that even the surroundings do not harmonize well if it rains eternally. The hyperbole, well-thought of by Bradbury, projects the acid relationship within nature to the lives of the schoolchildren on Venus. In perspective, they are all and the same, but one miniscule detail uniqueness within their group torn by conformity and envy sprouts a streak of silent resentment inside them. This stain of difference in the fabric of Margot’s life is none other than her experience with the glorious sun, as she recalls through her poem that it is nothing more but acoin large enough to buy the world with” (1). This comparison of the sun with something as simplistic yet eerily mighty as mere currency insinuates that the sun is a basic gift to be shared commonly by all, yet possessing an indescribable power and sensation within. The intelligent use of placing money, an almost deadly incentive in today’s financially problematic era, adjacent to what Venus dwellers yearn for the most, the Sun, effectively portrays the utter jealousy boiling in William and those he has rallied to join his bitterness. The actions William takes to satiate his negative envy towards Margot are handled poorly and are rather reckless. Swallowing his bitter pride and accepting Margot despite her extravagant blessings she was endowed with compared to him would be the best course of action, but it is easier said than done. A world filled with acceptance and understanding is always the ideal aim in life, but moral struggle always lurks within honorable choices.