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by Ray Bradbury

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What are three excerpts from the story that contain imagery?

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Imagery is the description of sensory information, using words to describe something we might experience with our senses. A description of something we might see is called visual imagery; something we might smell is called olfactory imagery; something we might taste is gustatory imagery; something we might feel is tactile imagery; and something we might hear is called auditory imagery.

One example of imagery is when the narrator describes the stove. The narrator says,

In the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from its warm interior eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs sunny side up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk.

The description of the "hissing sigh" is an example of auditory imagery, the "warm interior" of the stove is tactile imagery, and the rest of the description is quite visual.

Another example is when the narrator says that "the rain tapped on the empty house, echoing." This is an example of auditory imagery.

Yet another example (there is lots of imagery in this text) is when the narrator describes the cleaning mice:

Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted. The rooms were a crawl with the small cleaning animals, all rubber and metal. They thudded against chairs, whirling their moustached runners, kneading the rug nap, sucking gently at hidden dust. Then, like mysterious invaders, they popped into their burrows. Their pink electric eyes faded.

This passage is full of auditory imagery (the mice thudding and whirling and sucking like tiny vacuums) as well as visual imagery (the rubber and metal, their pink electric eyes).

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