This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
a fact I think about much now that she is sightless.” Pg 190. Reflective: going back and forth between present and past. serious Suspenseful: “ I owe her my existence three times.” But only reveals small bits of information at a time. Descriptive words and imagery add to this “…winds generate instantaneously behind a hill and crash upon you without warning” pg 191 Standard “My mother once said that I’d be amazed at how many things a person can do within the act of falling.” Pg 192 Doesn’t use slang but uses language that is still conversational and inviting.
Level of language Formal? Standard? Informal? Imagery
“…lightning struck the main pole and sizzled down the guy wires, filling the air with a blue radiance…” pg 192 Creates a vivid picture that allows the reader to put him or herself into the scene. “…it seems to me … that the statue is growing more sharply etched, as if, instead of weathering itself into a porous mass, it is hardening on the hillside with each snowfall, perfecting itself.” Pg 193 Draws reader’s attention to narrator’s growing awareness of her mother. Simile: Avalons compared to “two sparkling birds” pg 191 Metaphor: her sewing needle is a hot silver…thread of fire. (190) symbolically sewing together bits of story to create an understanding burned hands without lines: symbolize mother’s quieter, unplanned future carved gravestone: death of mother’s old life Flight: “I wonder if my father calculated the exchange he offered: one form of flight for another” pg 193. Literacy as flight.
Structure Character Both Anna and main character are dynamic characters: Anna: brave, calm, strong enough to carry on even after tragedy. Main character: reflective, respectful, coming to terms with change in her life. New Hampshire (pg 190) talks about researching her mother’s past in tabloids from Boston and New York
Conflict Time Sequence
Person vs environment: Anna vs. thunderstorm and vs. fire Person vs self: Anna struggles to improve herself through literacy present to past (flash back), present to past (ends in past with rescue from fire)
Themes We have many opportunities in life to seek new goals, new directions for our future; we must be prepared to take advantage of them when they occur.