100%(5)5 out of 5 people found this document helpful
This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.
Diction 9 Consider: Doc awakened very slowly and clumsily like a fat man getting out of a swimming pool. His mind broke the surface and fell back several times.--John Steinbeck, Cannery RowDiscuss: What is the subject of the verb broke? What does this tell you about Doc’s ability to control his thinking at this point in the story?To what does surfacerefer? Remember that good writers often strive for complexity rather than simplicity.The subject of the verb “broke” is Doc’s “mind.” The diction in the way Steinbeck worded this sentence told the reader that Doc’s mind is the character, or the actor, not Doc himself. It implies that Doc’s “mind” has a mind of its own and Doc can’t control it. His mind is being personified by seeming to have life and human-like qualities of its own. The “surface” is referencing the surface of the swimming pool. It also symbolizes Doc’s plane of consciousness.