Wednesday, May 22, 2013
2 ESSAYS (long awaited..But still) The Crossing
Literary techniques have always set foundation for great novels. It allows for the other to really explore their true creativity. Perhaps making a battle scene be serene, or make love scene seem completely bizarre by using a selection of techniques. In Cormac McCarthy's novel The Crossing, He explores his creativity, using several effective techniques such as: Vivid Imagery, light and airy diction, and figures of speech including Metaphors, similies and allusions.
Within the first paragraph of the excerpt it is apparent that McCarthy gives the novel a nice shimmering amount of Imagery. For Example, "He reined the horse in a grassy swale and stood down and dropped the reins, his trousers were stiff with blood. He cradled the wolf in his arms and lowered her to the ground and unfolded the sheets, she was stiff and cold and her fur was bristly with the blood dried upon it." the imagery versus the reality is very distinct. The imagery gives off the feeling of a nice serene area where a man had just brought his game down to where he sleeps in reality, it must've just been a hunter who is about to gut his catch. The power of the imagery is so powerful it was able to change the real scene into what McCarthy wanted it to be.
The diction in the excerpt is not overbearing either. It gives off a certain slight and airy vibe which is beautiful which adds to the vivid imagery. using simplistic words with vivid imagery, instead of using a superfluous amount of complex words and confusing syntax to give the same meaning, using simple words and syntax is much more valuable and easier to understand for the reader.
The figures of speech does a lot to the literary techniques. It gives a so much deeper meaning when metaphorical speech and similies are utilized. "What blood and bone are made of but can themselves" this gives a different view on life itself.