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In the article When the Full Moon Shines its Magic Over Monument Valley John V Young uses rhetorical strategies such as varieties of tone similes imagery ornate diction and vivid details in order to describe the sensations generated first by his surroundings and then by the moonrise This descriptive article narrated by John V Young begins with Young and his two other male companions sitting in a truck awaiting what is described to be a spectacular moonrise on a Navajo tribal park In the beginning the article portrays a calm and peaceful tone by choosing words such as cool and pleasant As the article goes on to describe the mens purpose to see the full moon rise Young uses similes and imagery in order to captivate the reader and describe the surroundings with a tone of admiration The tone then shifts again to one of mystery as the three men seem to hallucinate a Navajo girl herding a flock of ghostly sheep to a waterhole Just then the men hallucinated that a dog appeared at the edge of the campfire when they offered the dog food it accepted with great dignity moments later the dog vanished The Navajo girl and the dog are symbolic of the poverty that the Navajos are suffering from Young goes on to describe the sunset with such beautiful figurative language that it paints a picture for the reader it is also a time signal that the rising of the moon is fast approaching Young and his companions prepared their photography equipment hastily the anticipation is building rapidly Finally the long anticipated moment has arrived the moon is rising By choosing words such as unprepared massive and improbable Young portrays an overwhelmed tone that is a result of his respect for the power of nature He uses adjectives to qualify every word for example blazing light and inky shadows After the moon had rose the show was over and the magic
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