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Rhetorical Essay: Joyas VolardoresThe first time I read the essay “Joyas Volardores”by Brian Doyle, my breath was literally taken away by the last paragraph. I completely connected to it, and I felt exactly what the author was trying to convey to his readers; that despite all the pain we go through in our lives, each individual needs to find his or her own happiness in a specific way. In every moment because no matter who you are or where you’re from, life is tough. I whole-heartedly agree with this point, and came to somewhat of an epiphany mid-read. The way the author builds credibility and delivers his message during the essay is very special.The first sentence of the first paragraph lays out the authors’ intentions. He writes, “Consider the hummingbird for a long moment.” Based off of this first sentence, you can tell he wants you to take your time reading this essay. He doesn’t want you to rush through and determine a simple meaning. He wants you to think about the words- to connect to them on a deeper level. At first, the author simply describes the life, trials, and tribulations of a regular hummingbird. He explains the intricacies of the hummingbird’s heart and how it finds simple joy in going from flower to flower, collecting the sweet nectar and distributing it amongst other flowers. This is the animals’ simple purpose in life. It seems to the reader that the author is losing his grip on the reader the further he continues on about these birds. He even goes through several different kinds of hummingbirds; he almost hits twenty, and the reader starts to skim and almost lose interest. But just as he is about to drive them away, he deliberately switches the subject and connects the hearts of hummingbirds to hearts of blue whales. Doyle goes on about the heart of the blue whale and how it’s the biggest of the animal kingdom. He discusses how with this
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Rhetoric, Meaning of life, Humpback whale, Brian Doyle, Blue Whale, Whale song, American Scholar