1 English 1 Pre-Ap 21 January 2017 Pathways of the Heart In the essay, “Joyas Voladoras”, the author, Brian Doyle, introduces the readers with a plentiful amount of vivid imagery and metaphors to the hummingbird. Throughout the essay, he gradually expands on the topic [hummingbird] by drawing focus to the contrast between the hummingbirds, tortoise, and blue whale. From start to the finish, Doyle aims to relay to his readers one main point: Love. Essentially, in a person’s lifetime they will undoubtedly try to guard and close up their heart, but eventually the shield will shatter and the heart shall beat, vulnerable to heartbreak, sadness, loss, but also...love. He emphasizes that life is precious, by writing “...every creature on earth has approximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime” (Doyle 3), and every living organism has a choice of how to live [his/her] life, but in the end, inevitably “...all hearts are finally bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore” (6). Doyle conveys that no matter which way of life is chosen to guard the heart, ultimately the armor placed around the heart will splinter and break apart.
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- Spring '19
- Cynthia Dinsmore
- English Literature, Humpback whale, Brian Doyle, Blue Whale