Summary Of Once More To The Lake By E. B White

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E.B White, author of “Once More to the Lake” explores the dynamic relationship between father and son to convey the power of memory and the inevitable chill of mortality. The symbol of the dragonfly and the lake creates a sense of duality while introducing subtle changes throughout the essay. The dragonfly and the sense of duality serves White’s purpose by using it to compare and contrast the position of father and son. The duality of the dragonfly empitomizes the common theme of time being an illusion by saying that, “There had been no years between the ducking of this dragonfly and the other one - the one that was part of memory” (433). The double-voicing, questionable tone of the quote illustrates the parental realization that everyone
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