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AP Essay 1 Passage from THE CROSSING by Cormac McCarthy by Candi Fore The selected passage from The Crossing uses several stylistic devices to show effects on the character McCarthy exploits the use of imagery potent diction and syntax to convey the impact felt by the main character to the reader Firstly McCarthy uses imagery in order to portray how his character finds deeper meaning in the wolfs death In lines 21-24 McCarthy compares the fire drying the wolfs bloody sheet after cleaning it in the river like a burning scrim which could suggest how he views the ceremony-- perhaps in a religious fashion McCarthy indicates the awe felt by his character in lines 56-57 when he describes a wolfs beauty as well as its ominous idiosyncrasy wolves are like flowers that feed on flesh His character conceives a realization of death that is also shared through use of a metaphor He finds death cannot be stopped or escaped quite like a swifthuntress These particular types of imagery help to divulge the characters thought process during this misfortune Also in this passage McCarthy frequently employs religious sensory and natural diction His diction reflects on his characters feelings and actualization His use of religious words such as sacred and sect in lines 23-24 create a sense of sanctity in the death of the wolf Furthermore in lines 32-33 the possibility for regret within the character becomes apparent seeing as he falls asleep with his palms up like a dozing penitent It feels as though the author would have the reader believe the character beholds some indiscretion in which he should ask forgiveness Later on in line 50 he refers to the world ordained by God immediately after returning his character from a daydream about the life the wolf lived The reader can assume this experience perhaps awakened spirituality within the character In addition to religious diction McCarthy values sensory words to provide
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