unit 2 - So much in an instant Brian Doyle writes that We are so utterly openwe live in the house of the heart which exposes us to a major theme in the

unit 2 - So much in an instant Brian Doyle writes that We...

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“So much in an instant”Brian Doyle writes that, “We are so utterly open…we live… in the house of the heart” which exposes us to a major theme in the essay “Joyas Voladoras” that, despite the strength found in the unity between all living organisms, it is very easy to expose the underlying vulnerabilities in the uniting factor of these entities, that is the heart. He uses metaphors through the passage to comment on the life humans live and how we love it. By comparing theHummingbird’s and the tortoise’s heartbeat rate, Doyle explains that there are different ways to live life. He then goes on to detail the heart of this incredible species “Joyas Voladoras”, the name given to Hummingbird by the first explorers in America. The readers are left fascinated with each piece of information provided about this creature. It is being compared to the heart of a tortoise that lives much longer than the hummingbird and tells us that it depends on how we use the given number of heartbeats to live long or short. This is later contrasted with the Whale’s heart that is much larger than any living organism. We know almost nothing about this mammal but all we know is that it travels in pair and can hear each other even when they’re miles apart.
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  • Spring '08
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  • Rhetoric, Brian Doyle

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