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, and narrative pace. These three literary elements blend in order to narrate the dramatic tale of young Sylvia¶s adventure to the top of the Pine-tree. The Author¶s use of diction, detail, and tone, also come together in order to create a suspenseful tone. Sarah Orne Jewett¶s use of diction dramatizes the passage. When Sylvia first began to climb the tree, she ³pinched and held like a birds claw ´ to the pine tree as she climbed. The author¶s use of diction emphasizes how cautious Sylvia was on her climb up. Jewett probably included it in order to emphasize the risk Sylvia was taking by climbing ³barefoot´ up a ³monstrous´ tree. Despite the danger Sylvia was in, she continued to climb ³up, up, up´, almost to the sky itself´. Although it is obvious that you can not climb up ³to the sky itself´, the author added it in order to emphasize just how high Sylvia was climbing. The author also emphasized the risky situation that Sylvia was in when she constantly mentioned the dangerous stunts that Sylvia performed, an example being when Sylvia made ³dangerous pass from tree to tree´. When reading this, readers visualize a young girl climbing an enormous tree, and cautiously crossing from one tree to another, nearly a hundred feet in the air. The author does this in order to stress how hazardous the situation really is, and in order to maintain a suspenseful tone. The author also dramatizes Sylvia¶s climb to the top of the tree with her use of detail, or imagery. Jewett¶s diction was mainly used in the beginning of the passage on Sylvia¶s way up to the top of the pine-tree, but near the end of the passage, Jewett¶s use of diction is highlighted. When Sylvia reaches the top of the tree, Jewett begins to use her imagery to describe the magnificence of being at the top of the enormous pine-tree. Along with a
change in her choice of literary elements, the tone of the passage begins to change near the end of the passage. The tone goes from suspenseful, to wonder. When Sylvia is standing at the top of the pine-tree, she begins to appreciate nature. While she is up on the tree, Sylvia noted ³ the way the tree stood still and held away the winds that June morning while the dawn grew bright in the sea´. The imagery the author provides displays the magnificent scenery that Sylvia experienced after her journey. Sylvia must have felt like she was on top of the world while she was standing on the pine-tree. Jewett¶s narrative pace also played a role in the suspenseful tone in the passage. In between each exciting part of Sylvia¶s adventure, Jewett wrote a little something about the tree. This was done in order to keep up the suspense. Readers did not know whether or not Sylvia would safely make it to the top of the tree, but the constant breaks in the passage made us even more impatient to find out. Sarah Orne Jewett¶s use of diction, detail, and narrative pace were all necessary in creating a suspenseful, dramatic passage.