Kingsolver - Kingsolver's lyricism transforms settings scenes characters and actions into patterns of imagery indirectly appealing to her readers

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Unformatted text preview: Kingsolver's lyricism transforms settings, scenes, characters, and actions into patterns of imagery, indirectly appealing to her readers' senses. The imagery in her prose is as vivid as the imagery found in poetry. Kingsolver makes use of figurative language — language that is taken figuratively as well as literally — to write a lyrical novel. In The Bean Trees , figurative language includes metaphors and similes. Metaphors compare two unlike things without using words of comparison ( like or as ). In the novel, for example, when Taylor and Turtle are nearing Tucson, it begins to hail and the roads are covered with ice. Traffic is slow, and Kingsolver describes the pace as being "about the speed of a government check." Another example of Kingsolver's use of metaphor, this time influenced by her feminist views, is a humorous Valentine's Day card that Taylor buys for her mother. The card compares a man's helpfulness around Valentine's Day card that Taylor buys for her mother....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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