Analysis Of Jeannette Walls Uses Imagery

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Jeannette Walls uses imagery to give the reader a clear insight to what she is think and what is going on in her mind. An example of this would be when she said, “Until then, when I thought of writers, what first came to mind was Mom, hunched over her typewriter, clattering away on her novels and plays and philosophies of life and occasionally receiving a personalized rejection letter. (204) In seventh grade Jeannette is the first person her age to work for the school newspaper, The Maroon Wave and this depicts the imagery in her head. She uses her own experiences with her family to influence and inspire her writing making her a great writer. The imagery in this book takes the reader to another level with understanding how the author truly sees the world. Jeannette Walls uses juxtaposition to exaggerate her point of her family’s view on life. They are not the typical family that would live in a home with the parents working. Their living situation involved living in their car and in many crippled housing till they were wanted and had to escape or got kicked out for not paying rent. The juxtapositions show her life. The quote, “If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” (66) shows the comparison of “sink” and “swim”. Rex, her father, teaches Jeannette how to swim by literally forcing her to sink or swim. He repeatedly throws her into a sulfur spring in the desert, rescuing her when she sinks only to throw her back in the water again. Using these

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