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by Jack Finney

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What is an example of imagery in "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"?

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Whenever a narrator has provided rich visual detail in a story, and whenever you can easily imagine the setting, the characters, and the action in your mind, you know you've found an example of imagery. Storytellers like Jack Finney, the author of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," are experts in creating imagery, or mental pictures through their words. They explain the appearance of objects, people, and settings, with details about shapes, sizes, textures, colors, movement, and more. Let's check out some good examples from the story.

Near the beginning, we see the important incident that causes Tom to crawl out of his apartment window:

Turning, he saw a sheet of white paper drifting to the floor in a series of arcs, and another sheet, yellow, moving toward the window, caught in the dying current flowing through the narrow opening.

These details about objects ("sheet of...paper," "another sheet," "window") and color ("white," "yellow") and shape ("a series of arcs") and movement...

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