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Alexis Ho Hill AP Lang Period 1 21 January 2018 Joyas Voladoras Analysis Essay Hummingbirds stand as symbols of resilience and joy, and yet Brian Doyle uses these creatures to highlight human mortality and illustrate the fragility of the human heart. Doyle’s essay “Joyas Voladoras” is an allegory for human life, emphasizing the importance of human experiences through life. Through this article, Doyle uses strategic diction and parallel structure to craft a discussion of the significance and vulnerability of the heart in order to remind his audience of the value of priceless relationships built throughout a lifetime. Throughout the essay, Doyle’s use of strategic diction greatly attributes to his explanation regarding the significance of the heart. Doyle begins by describing the physical size of a hummingbird’s heart. “A hummingbird’s heart is the size of a pencil eraser. A hummingbird’s heart is a lot of the hummingbird.” Doyle’s choice of diction implies a double meaning in the phrase, “a lot of the hummingbird.” This can be interpreted in two ways: the literal volume of a hummingbird’s organ, or “a lot” in terms of the sentimental significance of the heart. The implication of the phrase suggests a greater meaning. The heart, which sustains the majority of
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Human heart, parallel structure, Doyle, Brian Doyle, Joyas Valodoras