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Brian Doyle's Joyas Voladoras
Transcript of Brian Doyle's Joyas Voladoras
By: Melissa Islas.
His essay uses scientific facts along with vivid description to draw the reader in.
Just as the title indicates ,Joyas Voladoras, flying jewels, gives a feeling of curiosity to many.
Doyle is also able to reach a variety of readers instead of just a specific group
The message I got out of his essay
is that you get out of life what you put
into it. By having a wall around
your heart, you are not able
to experience life to its fullest.
"Every creature on earth
has approximately two billion heartbeats to spend in a lifetime. You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise and live to be two hundred years old, or you can spend them fast, like a hummingbird, and live to be two years old."
The short yet flourishing life of
a hummingbird evokes emotion.
Doyle uses short and a precise writing to symbolize
the hummingbird's life. Which is only 2 years. :(
Yet when talking about
the whale the sentences
Ex:It drinks a hundred gallons of milk from its mama every day and gains two hundred pounds a day, and when it is seven or eight years old it endures an unimaginable puberty and then it essentially disappears from human ken, for next to nothing is known of the the mating habits, travel patterns, diet, social life, language, social structure, diseases, spirituality, wars, stories, despairs and arts of the blue whale.
"It is as big as a room" (the heart of a whale)
"The valves are as big as the swinging doors in a saloon."
are built of thinner, leaner fibers than ours"
"The price of their ambition is a life closer to
; they suffer more heart attacks and aneurysms and ruptures than any other living creature"
"They have more mitochondria in their heart muscles—anything to gulp more
"The Hummingbird's heart
is the size of a pencil eraser."
Who would of known?
With this breaking the
barriers between the
writing and the reader.
Also making the reader
Which life would you rather have?
visits thousand flowers
"They are able to fly backwards."
"The blue whale's
weights more than seven tons."
"It weighs more than seven tons. It’s as big as a room. It is a room, with four chambers. A child could walk around it, head high, bending only to step through the valves." (Blue Whale)
"We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart."
"It is a room, with four chambers." ( the whale's heart)
"It’s expensive to fly. You burn out.
You fry the machine. You melt the engine."