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Sheila Finchs Out of the Mouths is on the surface a short story about the scientific use of a developping relationship between a human and alien child to learn an alien language Beneath the surface it is resonant with important themes Although short it delivers as good a story and as important a message as any novel This is because of Finchs use of imagery Through this poetic device she makes apparent to attentive readers the nature of each of her characters and the theme of the story as a whole First of all imagery shaped Heron the linguist as a character At the opening of the story Finch uses nature to emphasize the feeling that this man was well past his prime Tattered curls of autumnal mist caught in the low boughs of oak and alder patches of night still lingered 92 Autumn is an archetype symbolic of old age it is past the fruition of summer but not quite as dead as winter The ancient drooping trees with their falling leaves and the night suggested that Herons time was almost up This connection was made clearer later The telling of his story sucked energy from his bones like sap retreating from the leaves and branches of deciduous trees as winter conquered the land 8230 He felt his own December approaching 115-6 As autumn gave way to winter so Herons body would give way to death Imagery was also used to show Herons connection with nature or at least with his surroundings For example he would always pay more attention to animals than to Magistra Orla Eiluned Outside his window a late dragonfly hovered 8230 he watched until it darted away 109 The story appealed not only to the visual but to other senses as well the smell of mud rose like a favorite perfume to his nose 92 When Orla stopped by she made it a point to express her distaste for
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