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Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:55 AM via web

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Can I have examples of passages from Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy which show imagery?

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM (Answer #1)

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To begin, one must understand what imagery is before they can attempt to identify it. Imagery is when one is able to form mental images of what an author is describing in a text. These descriptions are heavily laden with details which appeal to the senses (taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell).

Therefore, based upon this it becomes very easy to identify examples of imagery within Gary Schmidt's novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.

The very first paragraph of the novel offers a wonderful example of text which includes imagery.

He had dipped his hand in its waves and licked the salt from his fingers. He had smelled the sharp resin of the pines. He had heard the low rhythm of the bells on the buoys that balanced on the ridges of the sea. He had seen the fine clapboard parsonage behind the church where he was to live, and the small house set a ways beyond it that puzzled him some.

This excerpt from the novel appeals to the senses of taste, touch, hearing , and sight.

In the second sentence, Turner places his hand in water (touch) and then licks the salt from his fingers (taste). One can form a mental picture of this based upon their own experiences of placing a hand in water and the memory of what salt tastes like.

In the third sentence, the imagery appeals to the sense of smell. The memory of the smell of pine needles. Once the memory of pine trees is triggered by the smell, one can easily create a mental picture of the tree.

In the fourth sentence of the paragraph, Turner is recalling seeing a house and the curious way it set at a distance. By providing such a vivid picture of what Turner has seen, the author is helping the reader to "see" what Turner saw as well.

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