What Is The Figurative Language In Silk Parachute By John Mcphee

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Some say when a baby is born, a mother’s love is the strongest and most powerful thing in the world. As the baby grows, the mother’s love matures and never waivers. John McPhee demonstrates this concept of a mother’s love in his piece, Silk Parachute. In the passage, McPhee recalls some of the memories of his childhood and goes into the underlying concept of an unwavering love from his mother. In Silk Parachute, John McPhee uses the rhetorical devices of dialogue, parallel structure, and symbolism to prove that no matter what happens, a mother’s love never fails. In this piece, John McPhee does not regularly use direct methods of discussion to demonstrate his points. As he weaves his way through different methods of figurative language, one of the modes that he uses is dialogue. In a memory he recalls from the passage, he states, “It is reported that the following dialogue and ensuing action occurred on January 22, 1941: … “I made that sandwich, and you are going to eat it, Mister Man. You filled yourself up with penny candy on the way home, and now you’re not hungry.”” (4) He uses this dialogue to give a sense of what his mother was really like and to make her more personable to the reader. He also uses more dialogue than anywhere else in the paper, on the bad memories side. I believe that this could be a writerly move of McPhee. As he uses this dialogue in the poor memories side, he makes the reader focus on the good memories and make her seem more personable.

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