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on talking about hummingbirds giving us more details about what they are capable of with their tiny but fast beating hearts. He states “Each one visits a thousand flowers a day. They can dive at sixty miles per hour. They can fly backwards. They can fly more than five hundred miles without pausing to rest.”(132). These hummingbirds can do so much with their bodies and their tiny little hearts it’s amazing. They are capable of so much with their bodies which many others aren’t and that’s why they’re beautiful. This is their daily life, flying and finding food, all the while those hearts beating at ten times per second. Comparing and contrasting is looking for the similarities and differences between certain things. Doyle uses this method in his story to show the reader his point of view in the story itself. In his use of this method he talks about the mammal with the biggest heart in the world which is the blue whale. Doyle states “ The biggest heart in the world is inside the blue whale. It weighs more than seven tons. It’s as big as a room. It is a room, with four chambers. A child could walk around it, head high, bending only to step through the valves.”(133). A blue whale’s heart beats two to ten times per minute and it can be heard from two miles across each time its heart beats. Compared to the heart of a hummingbird a blue whale's heart is one of the slowest beating hearts in the world and it lives about 80-90 years. What Doyle is saying here is that these two different creatures both have hearts and even though the hummingbird’s heart beats faster than the blue whale’s by a landslide and even though in turn the blue whale lives way longer than a hummingbird does they both have hearts, they both are living creatures, and they both carry out
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Masur 3 their lives to the fullest extent that they can. Doyle compares and contrasts the hearts of different living species to show us that every living creature has some sort of central driving force. He states “Mammals and birds have hearts with four chambers. Reptiles and turtles have hearts with three chambers. Fish have hearts with two chambers. Insects and mollusks have hearts with one
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