Analysis Of The Poem ' Cutting For Stone '

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In the excerpt of Cutting for Stone, Verghese recurrently variates the mood throughout his text. Through vivid imagery, Verghese illustrates emotion visually on the faces, as well as through actions of the characters. In addition to imagery, emotions are aroused through onomatopoeic words and aroma. The reader is then struck with a macabre backstory arousing sorrowful emotions within the reader. Verghese uses sensory details, along with backstory to efficaciously expose the reader to the emotional duality of happiness and sadness. Imagery plays an imperative role in creating emotional duality throughout the text. The reader is presented to the narrator being called upon by the Queen. When the narrator looks behind, “[the Queen’s] expression, at first quizzical, now turned joyous, showing brilliant white and perfect teeth” (lines 3-4). Verghese’s use of imagery through this line magnificently illustrates the Queen’s enthusiasm to see who she has called upon. At first, the quizzical countenance of the Queen’s face arouses misperception in the reader, questioning why she is puzzled to lay eyes on the narrator, but soon resolved when her expression turns joyous. The joyous mood created through this line is epitomized through the dazzling imagery as she shows her brilliant white and perfect teeth through her smile. Soon after, the narrator ascertains the Queen as Tsige, as he “towered over her…tongue-tied” (line 9). The use of the idiom, tongue-tied illustrates to the reader…
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