Figures Of Speech

Figures Of Speech

Paradox great ideas come from the inside, you’re recognizing what’s new to you.

  • When the boy sees the sun rising, he gathers the information from inside him that everything around him resembles God. Not a lot of people recognize it, but the sunrise and sunset and everything (birds, bees, insects, rabbits, bucks, ants, etc.) involved in nature represent God. Coming from a Catholic perspective, we realize that the more you notice God, the more involved he will be in your life and will always be there when you’re in need of help or anything like that.
  • This example of a paradox represents me and maybe others because we don’t really realize what we are capable of. We learn from our mistakes and past experiences ; such as the fact is if we make a mistake, there is a high possibility that we won’t do the same thing again, although sometimes it happens.

Personificationpersonal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman

  • The boy believed the ants symbolized him. They are powerful insects, and can control situations. They are described as “energetic,” as the boy refers to himself. The word energetic would symbolize the boy because he runs around the land with no shoes on but he runs for a long time. He gets up every morning at 4:30 in order to watch the sunrise, but to get there, he needs to rush and follow every routine he does in the morning. He runs with no cares in the world, he doesn’t wear shoes because he is confident nothing will happen to him, although the possibilities of him breaking a bone are endless. The ants are mentioned to be “whispering ants” which means they wouldn’t really make a sound, or quiet. This relates to the boy because in the morning he would need to make little sound in order to keep his parents sleeping, so he wouldn’t get in trouble or caught.
  • This example of personification relates to me because there are times when I believe I can rule anything and make decisions for others, without the consideration of how they might feel. There are times when I am energetic, much like the boy in the short-story “A Sunrise on the Veld,” such as the times when I am motivated to do things that I take partial or full interest in. I relate to the boy because each morning I follow the same routines, but my mornings aren’t as complex or eventful as his are. When comparing the ants to the boy, I realized that while their mentioned as whispering ants, this would relate to me because there are times where I need to be quiet, in order to not be in trouble.

Similea stated comparison between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common ; usually using the words “like,” or “as.”

  • As mentioned in the first paragraph, the boy was falling asleep which was connected to “shutters closing.” The shutters, or blinds, would represent his eyes closing as he was falling asleep. When you close your eyes, all you see is literally nothing, the same with complete darkness. When you close your blinds, it blocks out the light, much like when you close your eyes. “The whispering noise was faint and dry, like the rustling of cast snakeskin” is a simile that again, can be related to the boy and the ants. A whispering noise, related to how quiet the boy would need to be to get out of the house each morning. The boy is compared to being as “alert as an animal,” which would mean that he is aware of all his surroundings.
  • A lot of these similes would relate to humans and myself such as when you close your eyes, you see darkness, the same as when you shut a blind. This could also relate to actually being blind. You wouldn’t be able to control everything around you, much like how you can’t control anything in your sleep. The whispering noise would relate to the times people are suppose to be quiet, as mentioned earlier in the personification category of this assignment. There are times where it is necessary to be alert as an animal, which would lead to the description of while you’re driving, you want to be alert for upcoming or following cars.

UnderstatementA figure of speech in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is.

  • While the boy is deciding whether or not to kill the deer and put it out of it’s misery, he doesn’t realize what is going on through his head. The author made this situation sound less important than it actually would be, because it takes a lot of responsibility and you would need to be fully committed into killing a mammal. They don’t emphasize on the amount of pressure it would be on the boy to have to live with killing another living, breathing animal. While these moments are happening, the sun is rising, and in the sun, there would be an image of Jesus and God. It would relate to Jesus because he rose up and was resurrected. The sunrise would relate to God because he is found in a little bit of everything, and a new day symbolizes a new child being born, because there are children being born every minute, of everyday. The author didn’t emphasize on the fact that God is surrounding us and is with us through every tough decision that needs to be made, and he can be found in nature.
  • There are times when we don’t consider the feelings of others and the risks that are possible if we do something that is irresponsible. We all underestimate things, like the decisions of words we say that have huge consequences, it could cost someone their life if we don’t realize that others have feelings too. A lot of people don’t recognize that God can be found in a little bit of everything, and many people don’t take time to appreciate the fact that we all have someone there protecting and watching over us at all times. Not everyone understands that there are prices to pay when we do something to hurt another, and we, as humans, take things for granted, and don’t consider how others may feel.

IronyThe use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. Also, a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.

  •  At the beginning of the story there is a line where it is mentioned that the boys dark part of his mind was the part waking him up before the alarm clock. It is ironic that even the dark part of our mind has bad habits. This resembles fate vs free choice. His conscience leads him to do things, because his inner voice makes decisions for him, which is also known as the dark part of his mind. Another example of irony in the story is when the boy has to make the decision of interfering with the buck’s natural cause of death, or if he should shoot it with his gun.
  • This relates to humans because everyone has to make hard decisions and everyone has a conscience. A conscience is the inner voice in your head basically making decisions for us. It tells us right choices from wrong and everyone has choices that they need to make, some can be tough and time consuming, but others are very easy, and take no time to decide, they are momentary.
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