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Sensory Imagery in the Poisonwood Bible

A presentation highlighting the types of sensory imagery, effective techniques to use it, and its effect on mood.
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Rosa Park

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Sensory Imagery in the Poisonwood Bible

What is sensory imagery? Visual Tactile/Kinesthetic Olfactory Gustatory Auditory Relies on the musicality and sound of whatever it is that is occurring.
Extremely difficult to describe a sound
When done effectively, auditory imagery can really set the tone and mood of a novel.

Key Questions:
What does it sound like?
Have I heard this before?
How can I describe this sound? Is it musical? Annoying? Is there rhythm?

Example: "Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! Joe’s boots
broke the forest’s silence." Sensory imagery is a technique that authors use to describe something, someone or some place. It relies on a description based on the five senses, and not on the usual and simple visual description. Successful sensory imagery uses a balance of the five different senses, evoking sensory richness. The most common one
as humans usually rely primarily on their vision in order to describe something
It is a description of how something looks like
Varies from person to person
as the way we perceive our environment is unique to us.

Key Questions:
What is going on?
What do you see?
How do you see it?
How can you describe this sight?

Example:
"The bear towered over the hunter, his huge paws ready to strike down on the man." Sensory Imagery in The Poisonwood Bible Defined by how one feels during an event, or the physical feeling of some event.
Encompasses what you feel when you touch something
a change in temperature (feels warm/cold), movement (the feeling of running), and feelings/emotions. Depends on what something smells like
One of the most effective
As memory and smell are closely linked
By describing a smell, an author can elicit a personal response from the reader.

Key Questions:
What does this smell like?
Does this smell remind me of something?

Example: "As I strolled through town, I was entranced by the scent of newly baked bread." Refers to how something tastes.
Although taste is also very unique to each person
When done correctly, can also be extremely effective.
An image of something sweet, sour or insipid
Can definitely add to our understanding of a literary work.

Key Questions:
What does it taste like?
Is it delicious? Disgusting? Sweet or sour?
How does it make me feel?

Example:
"The just perfectly toasted
waffles were bathed in sweet golden
maple syrup." A presentation by:
Rosa Park
Elena Fernandez
Daniel Moreno Literary Mood In literature, mood can be defined as the emotional atmosphere evoked by the text.
It is composed of how it makes the audience feel
Sensory imagery is key in the formation of the mood of a text
As sensory imagery is all about how readers feel and respond to the text through the five senses

Short stories of Edgar Allen Poe, for example, tend to be gloomy, horrific, and desperate. This mood is defined because of the language used. Mood in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible Mood of the novel:
one of fear and unknowing
Placed in a setting completely alien to them.
Initial reaction:
Compare the new things to things they knew
Fails, as everything is so different in the Congo compared to America.
Then describe the setting through the senses
We start to grasp the mood of the novel
Somber, a looming cloud of tragedy, loss, and a search for identity. Key Questions:
How am I feeling?
Why am I feeling like this? How does my body feel?

Example: "I felt my muscles relax after I crossed the finish line. I was elated."
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