Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Water for Elephants Post 2a

-"Unbuffered" (page 55): nothing to lessen or absorb the shock of an impact.
-"Desiccated" (page 64): dehydrated, or powdered.

Figurative Language
"The big top still stands, glowing like a ghostly coliseum and pulsing with the sound of the band." (73)
-This is an example of a simile because the author is comparing the circus tent to a roman coliseum using the word, "like".
"I'm dead, I know tomorrow is going to be impossible to get up and begin work again." (45)
-The author uses a metaphor, saying Jacob is dead implying he's very tired.
"I cling to my anger with every ounce of humanity left in my ruined body, but it's no use. It slips away, like a wave from shore." (49)
-This is another example of a simile, using the word, "like" to make a comparison.

"This is Jacob. He's going to help out in the menagerie." (61)
-This is the most important quote in the second section of reading because it is when Jacob officially gets a job in the circus. It's significant because Jacob knows he can start his new life, beginning with his job on the train working with animals, which he's studied.

One emerging theme in the story right now is, hard work pays off. Jacob can now make a living by doing what he's good at. By working hard, he got a job on the train that he can hopefully keep.

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