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The Singing Silence
Transcript of The Singing Silence
External Connections Background Information born in Viipuri, Finland in 1917
moved to Canada when she was 13
was a reporter and columnist at Toronto Evening Telegram and Toronto Globe and Mail
was an assistant editor at Maclean's Magazine
published 18 novels between 1955 and 1987 Marxist "A ragged piece of paper torn from a diary and scribbled with Abraham Lincoln Smith, 72 Hudson Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A became his most valuable possession" (Wuorio, 3). "He walked the country, trying all sorts of jobs, but he ended where better men than he had ended, as a porter on the quays of Barcelona--a mozo" (Wuorio, 2). "But he was also a sensible man and knew that never in a lifetime could the porter Vicente make $500, so he was resigned and ready to forget his loss" (Wuorio, 3). Theme Tone Diction - Informal/Monosyllabic
- Reflects the characters
- Helps promote the meaning
- Intended Audience: Younger People (Ages 10-18)
- Easy to understand
- Easy to get message across Key Quote: ““Well, now, you see,” he said, “Vicente has the search. It is not what one finds, you know, but the search itself that is important. Only the search”” (Wuorio, 5) In The Singing Silence by Eva-Lis Wuorio the author deals with the topics of commitment, reward and happiness. Indeed, the author suggests that the protagonist Vicente is rewarded with happiness through his commitment and devotion through his journey. Even though Vicente was not able to reach his goal, he was able to learn a lot through his journey, therefore, remain a happy man. Wuorio contends that it is simply not what one achieves in a journey, it is the journey itself that is important. Literary Devices Metaphor:
““It is a singing silence. Like many instruments sending their purest sounds up to the sky”” (Wuorio, 4). Examples: - “He learned to swim, and he learned to dive with the snorkel and the flippers and the mask, a froglike, crablike figure in the clear shallows about the beaches of Cala Pujuol” (Wuorio, 4).
- “The fat little priest joined his fingers. His eyes, too, were on the horizon, but he seemed undisturbed. The wind from Africa swayed the bamboo shelter over us” (Wuorio, 5). Honest:
“Old Vicente of Formentera was perhaps the happiest man I’ve ever known. Also, perhaps, the poorest” (Wuorio, 1). Direct:
“Day by day, week by week, month by month, and so into the years, Vicente, searching for the amphora which is in honor he felt he must find to the place the one he had broken, grew happier” (Wuorio, 5). Affectionate:
“I had been coming to Formentera for several years before Vicente stood out in my eyes” (Wuorio, 1). External Connection
Eat, Pray, Love Allusion:
"A ragged piece of paper torn from a diary and scribbled with Abaham Lincoln Smith, 72 Hudson Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A" (Wuorio, 3). Topics Committment and Devotion "Day by day, week by week, month by month, and so into the years, Vicente, searching for the amphora which in honor he felt he must find to replace the one he had broken" (Wuorio, 5) Repaying Debt "He knew the value men set now on these useless old jugs and pots; he had seen the disappointment on the face of the American. Vicente was an honorable man and he wanted to make amends" (Wurio, 3) Happiness "He could not contain his wonder at the unexpected beauty of the deep sea. The gardens of starfish, the varicolored, bug-eyed gentle fish that followed him, the slant of translucent sunlight on the mysterious caves and rocks--these he recounted to the fisherman who toiled upon the surface of the sea. And his tales were touched with wonder and awe. Never, he swore, had he known such freedom as at the bottom of the sea" (Wuorio, 4) "Old Vicente of Formentera was perhaps the happiest man I've ever known, And also, perhaps, the poorest" (Wuorio, 1). Vicente was a porter on the quays of Barcelona
Destroys a valuable amphora
Determines to find a way to pay the American back
Leaves Barcelona and moves to the island Ibiza
Devotes his time to looking for a new amphora
During a storm he goes out on a search
His boat returns with an amphora, however he is never found "He was over 60 then. An old man, as time makes men like Vicente old. Yet he was young in his urgency to learn and go on toward the far horizon of his purpose" (Wuorio, 4). "Day by day, week by week, month by month, and so into the years, Vicente, searching for the amphora which in honour he must find to replace the one he had broken, grew happier. Each day was a new delight, a new adventure. No longer were his days imprisoned by the needs of the hours" (Wuorio, 5). Personification:
"that day the wind blew from Africa and stirred up the depts of the sea and sent the high green waves scurrying..." (Wuorio, 5). Extrernal Connection
The Biggest Loser Author honours Vicente's determination
Believes that happiness does not come from material objects
Understands the classes in society and the way that others look at it