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Dennis Wieboldt Ms. Kathleen Doherty English Language and Literature I H 19 November 2015 Double Entry Journal: First Base Meaningful Quotations Commentary and Analysis 7. ““A fox,” Ethan said, though even as he said it he felt that he somehow had it wrong. The animal’s head and snout had been like a fox’s, and there had been the fat red bush of a tail, but somehow the, well, the posture of the animal hadn’t quite been - vulpine, was the word. Not foxlike. The thing had seemed to be standing, hunched over, on its hind legs, like a monkey, with its front paws scraping the ground.” In this excerpt, Chabon describes the soon-to- be-recognized werefox. Due to the fact that the werefox is so important in the story, I chose to include this paragraph in by first base double entry journal. Here, Chabon describes the werefox in great detail through the use of similes. These words create an important visual of a character which is vitally important in the overall theme development as the werefox is with the two children throughout most of “First and Second Base.” 38. “In a book or movie, when strange things begin to happen, somebody will often say, “I must be dreaming.” But in dreams nothing is strange. Ethan thought that he might be dreaming not because a nude werefox had shown up making wild claims and smoking a pipe that was definitely not filled with tobacco, but because none of these things struck him as particularly unexpected or odd.” This paragraph in chapter two goes hand-in- hand with the first excerpt chosen above. Here, Chabon further touches on the topic of the werefox. By comparing this scene to a dream, Chabon gives the reader a sense that within book, there is an amazing reality that is not fictional. For me, this creates a sense of virtual-reality, the goal of many authors in their respective books. 66. “They ate in silence broken only by the clink of their forks, by the hum of the electric Much of Chabon’s writing in Summerland contains many similes and metaphors. Here,
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clock over the stove and by the steady liquid muttering of their old refrigerator. To Ethan it was like the tedious track of their lives. He and his father lived in this little house, alone, his father working sixteen hours a day and more perfecting the Zeppelina, the personal family dirigible that was someday going to revolutionize transportation, while Ethan tried not to disturb him, not disturb anyone, not disturb the world.” there is also some personification. Statements such as “hum of the electric clock” and “muttering of their old refrigerator” allow the reader to more easily understand the book. In addition, the excerpt creates a glimpse into Ethan’s world. By saying that he wishes not to disturb the world, the reader, whoever he or she may be, can infer that Ethan wants to be as secluded and quiet as possible.
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