Masur 1 Raku Masur Syndee Wood GEW 101B 25 February 2018 Joyas Voladoras Our hearts, it is what keeps us alive for the millions of times it beats in our lifetimes, each time it beats pushing blood into our valves, arteries, and nerves throughout our whole body every single day. Without our heart, we wouldn’t be able to feel, we wouldn’t be able to smile, we wouldn’t even be alive at this moment, it is single handedly the most important muscle in our body, only the size of our fists. Joyas Voladoras by Brian Doyle conveys the message to us that life is short, because of this we should make the most of our lives and live to the fullest extent that we can with the limited number of heartbeats that we have. This is shown through Doyle’s use of imagery in his text with using his wording to shape the meaning of the story. Doyle compares and contrasts this imagery as another technique to bring more meaning to his story. Lastly, he uses pathos to bring the emotional aspect into the text that tugs at our heart strings and involves us more into this beautiful story known as Joyas Voladoras also known as Flying Jewels. Imagery, visually descriptive or or figurative language also known as visual symbolism that writers use in literature to bring you in and imagine yourself in the scene or moment. Doyle uses a lot of imagery in his story that is very effective in bringing readers into where he wants them to be. In his purpose to give meaning to his essay, he talks about the heartbeats of hummingbirds, a beautiful flying bird that we’ve seen many times before. Doyle says “A hummingbird’s heart beats ten times a second. A hummingbird’s heart is the size of a pencil
Masur 2 eraser. A hummingbird’s heart is a lot of the hummingbird.”(132). This gives us as the reader an idea of what the hummingbird’s heart really is like, even though its heart is only the size of of a pencil eraser, the hummingbird’s heart is most of the hummingbird. Such a small heart beats ten times per second which is one of the fastest heartbeats any animal has in the world. Doyle keeps
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