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Authors often write so that they may express their views on various subjects Other times they may wish to make people realize an important truth In Cormac McCarthys novel The Crossing there is a passage that shows how a mans view of life is changed by something that he experiences This dynamic experience is the death of a wolf McCarthy shows how using imagery and sentence structure alters the mindset of the man Through the course of the passage the man has a major revelation about life He discovers that tangible things that we associate as being life really have no consequence Life is not something that can be held or controlled by any one person or thing and because of its intangibility there is a degree of uncertainty and fear surrounding us all of the time Imagery is woven through out the passage McCarthy describes nearly every motion and action the man takes McCarthy takes great care in describing the setting of the piece Readers really can see the rocky slopes feel the cold of the dark night and feel the dried blood on the mans pants and in the wolfs fur By delineating the scene so vividly readers are more easily drawn into the plot Readers become interested and are able to draw connections between what they are reading on the page and what they are seeing in their minds As the mans view of the world changes in the passage the author changes the imagery In the beginning of the passage the imagery is very straightforward describing what is there However once the man experiences his epiphany the imagery becomes much more metaphoric The man realizes that life cannot be held and so the author emphasizes this point by describing scenes that are in the mans mind scenes that are intangible He pictures the wolf that now lies dead when she was in her glory atop the food chain alive and
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