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Isabelle Toth Literary Device Journal Advanced English 26 July 2017 Literary Device: Simile
Direct Quotation: “From the moment I picked it up out of its nest of wet blanket, it attached itself to me by its little hands like roots sucking on dry dirt.” (Kingsolver 29) Analysis: This is one of many similes Kingsolver uses to compare in her literature compares Turtle’s little hands to roots of a tree sucking on dry dirt. Tree roots symbolize the union of earth soaking up its nutrients and water. In further comparison Turtle is now in union with Taylor previously introduce to us as Marietta, and relies on her for nutrients and water like the roots rely on the earth. Similes help readers understand situations by comparing them to simpler situations. Everyone generally understands how tree roots attach themselves inside the earth. This helps us understand the beginning of the bond between Turtle and Taylor. Taylor explains “it attached itself to me” this shows how much Turtle will rely on Taylor. This simile compares two different things to form one similar idea. Literary Device: Simile Direct Quotation: “ You’re like a mud turtle. If a mud turtle bites you, it won’t let go till it thunders.” (Kingsolver 30) Analysis: This is another example of a simile in Kingsolver’s writing that portrays the idea of Turtle being attached to Taylor. Turtle has held on tight to Taylor since they met as a way of protection. In a way Taylor also is comfortable by the way Turtle needs her. Taylor grew up with just her mother relying on her mother for everything. Taylor likes the idea of being needed and Turtle is exactly helping her with that. Turtle is compared to a “mud turtle” which is ironic considering her name is Turtle to
being with. In this scenario Taylor is the object the mud turtle bites onto like the way Turtle latches on her for protection. This simile is a comparison of the way Turtle is the “mud turtle” in Taylor’s life. Literary Device: Symbol Direct Quotation: “ It was pure pleasure not to have men pushing into her and touching her on the bus. It allowed her mind to drift far away from her strange, enormous body. When she was nine when her Grandfather Ormsby had given her a jackknife and had told her that safety’s sake she should always keep a magic circle around her when she used it.” (Kingsolver 40-41) Analysis: Taylor makes it clear even in the beginning of the book that she and her mother are extremely independent and do not need to depend on a man. This quote symbolizes gender stereotypes, gender roles and the idea of women’s bodies. There is a firm message from the quote that women are belittled by men and that their looked at different because of the way their bodies look. The women who is known as Lou Ann is pregnant and as it is explained it's not an

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