15 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2021
    1. This is the story of how a bill to save the vote and preserve a semblance of democracy for millions of Americans died at the hands of an intransigent, reactionary minority in the Senate, which used the filibuster to do its dirty work

      The author starts off by personifying "the bill" as something that was supposed to save millions of Americans, but rather was killed by Senators. He immediately provides a brief overview of the claim of his essay before developing his narrative. This way, the audience gets a glimpse of the issue that the author will tackle. Also, by using words such as "intransigent and reactionary", the audience already understands that the author is going to be criticizing the senators for their action.

  2. Jan 2021
    1. ‘His will is found,’ said Mortimer, catching Mrs Podsnap’s rocking-horse’s eye.

      Dickens often includes small, almost arbitrary details that absorb the reader and help shape the imagined world's settings by giving characters human-like interactions with them. In this example, Dickens makes the character Mortimer believable as a human by showing the reader his capacity to personify the rocking-horse.

  3. Nov 2020
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    1. gazed

      The language of sight here in the opening personifies the houses on the street, and sets the empty house as being even further isolated than just physically being at the blind end. The language of sight and blindness continues in the story, with the boy's glimpses of the woman motivating his journey. I'd be interested to trace that across all the stories here

    2. It filled me with fear, and yet I longed to be nearer to it and to look upon its deadly work.

      Super interesting how Joyce complicates the narrator's perspective on..death? The man's words? "It" sounds like it's some kind of elusive power/force in the first part of the sentence, but then "I longed to be nearer to it" makes it sound almost like a friend or even a lover, and finally the last part of the sentence makes "it" seem like an artist.

  5. Sep 2020
    1. graveyard flowers were blooming, and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house, speaking softy the names of our dead.I

      Flowers can't speak

    2. here the palmetto fronds whispered by the stream.

      Palmetto fronds can't whisper they are plants

  6. Jan 2019
  7. Jul 2018
    1. And now the landing-stage came out to meet them. Slowly it swam towards the Picton boat,

      This excerpt personifies the "landing-stage" with the verbs "came" and "swam." Where else does this occur in this story? And what does this device imply about the "voyage" that the story recounts? Part-of-speech tagging would allow us to examine when, how, and to what effect(s) objects becoming (grammatical) subjects through personification.

    2. "A week since father died, A week since father died," cried the barrel-organ.

      The song and cry of the barrel-organ are given human-traits, reflecting what the girls were having in mind.

  8. Apr 2018
    1. Curious Laura chose to linger Wondering at each merchant man. One had a cat’s face, One whisk’d a tail, One tramp’d at a rat’s pace, One crawl’d like a snail, One like a wombat prowl’d obtuse and furry, One like a ratel tumbled hurry skurry. She heard a voice like voice of doves Cooing all together: They sounded kind and full of loves In the pleasant weather.

      I noticed a lot of references here to different animals. Laura compared all of the goblin men using features of animals

  9. Feb 2018
  10. Feb 2017
    1. The Things They CarriedBy Tim O’BrienThe Things They CarriedFirst Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieute
  11. Sep 2016
    1. The blue waters beneath Air Force One once carried American battleships to this island -- to liberate, but also to exert control over Cuba.  Those waters also carried generations of Cuban revolutionaries to the United States, where they built support for their cause.

      President Obama refers to the blue sea as carrying battleships and revolutionaries, thus giving the blue sea human characteristics. We all know that water can not carry, therefore making it human like.