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The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop is saturated with vivid imagery and abundant description which help the reader visualize the action Bishops use of imagery narration and tone allow the reader to visualize the fish and create a bond with him a bond in which the reader has a great deal of admiration for the fishs plight The mental pictures created are in fact so brilliant that the reader believes incident actually happened to a real person thus building respect from the reader to the fish Initially the reader is bombarded with an intense image of the fish he is tremendous battered venerable and homely The reader is sympathetic with the fishs situation and can relate because everyone has been fishing Next Bishop compares the fish to familiar household objects here and there his brown skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper and its pattern of darker brown was like wallpaper she uses two similes with common objects to create sympathy for the captive Bishop then goes on to clearly illustrate what she means by wallpaper shapes like full-blown roses stained and lost through age She uses another simile here paired with descriptive phrases and these effectively depict a personal image of the fish She uses the familiar wallpaper comparison because it is something the readers can relate to their own lives Also the ancient wallpaper analogy can refer to the fishs age Although faded and aged he withstood the test of time like the wallpaper Bishop uses highly descriptive words like speckled and infested to create an even clearer mental picture The word terrible is used to describe oxygen and this is ironic because oxygen is usually beneficial but in the case of the fish it is detrimental The use of terrible allows the reader to visualize the fish gasping for breaths and fighting against the terrible oxygen permitting us to see the fishs predicament on his level
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