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N Scott Momadays poem The Bear takes place in the wilderness at midday The day is calm and sunny The bear is quietly walking through the forest not hurriedly or destructively He blends in with his environment The bear is very old He has many scars and a misshapen limb as a result of an old trap injury It still causes him pain Then he moves out of sight as buzzards fly overhead This poems pattern is logical It is as if Momaday is standing in the wilderness when he sees a bear some distance away The bear is obscure at first He blends in with his surroundings As he walks on without notice of Momaday he moves in and out of sight yet always seems to be there As the bear moves closer Momaday gets a better view noticing more of the bears details The bear moves on and is out of sight Then Momaday notices buzzards flying overhead The message that Momaday is trying to convey is that although this bear has fought many battles and seems to be defeated he is still surviving He is old scarred and in pain but is still courageous noble and one with nature To help convey this message Momaday uses imagery His use of imagery is very effective in helping the reader visualize the scarred aged and crippled bear To do this he uses the denotations of the words old scarred crooked in describing the physical appearance of the bear The reader pictures a bear that has lived a relatively long time He has a coat with marks left from old wounds that have healed and he has a limb that has bends or angles that are not natural
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