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The Inheritance of Tools

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Transcript of The Inheritance of Tools

"The Inheritance of Tools"
Mia Navarra
Gabrielle VanAmberg
Eva Hughes
KathyJo Buiteweg
Outline
Purpose
Author Biography
Author's Perspective
Author's Tone
Language and Vocabulary
Imagery and Figurative Language
Sentence Structure
Syntax
Conclusion
Purpose
Author Biography
Author's Perspective
Author's Tone
Language and Vocabulary
Imagery
Sentence structure
Syntax
Conclusion
Symbols
"No matter how warped and cracked, inside there was this smell waiting, as of something freshly baked." (142)
"It was a landscape that smelled dizzyingly of wood. Even after a bath my skin would carry the smell, and so would my father's hair, when he lifted me for a bedtime hug." (142)
Uses the senses of sight, touch, and smell
Similes and personification were also used
The Hammer and its Handle
Stories passed down with the hammer
Three new handles, passed down three generations
The Scar on His Thumb
“A week or so later a white scar in the shape of a crescent moon began to show above the cuticle and month by month it rose across the pink sky of my thumbnail. It took the better part of a year to disappear, and every time I noticed it I thought of my father.” (139)
The Wall
Reminds him of his father and represents the pain that we go through when grieving
Simple Vocabulary
"smooth"
"shaped"
"chunk"
"shortened"
"odd"
Support and structure of a family
Family will always comes first no matter what the situation
Active voice

"...I nailed scraps together..."(141).
"...I stepped out the kitchen door"(140).

“‘Don’t worry,’ I told her. ‘We’ll set food and water by the heating vent and lure them out. And if that doesn’t do the trick, I’ll tear the wall apart until we find them.’ “ (143)
"The hammer had belonged to him, and his father before him. The three of us have used it to build houses and barns and chicken coops, to upholster chairs and crack walnuts, to make doll furniture and bookshelves and jewelry boxes." (140)
“The present handle is my third one, bought from a lumberyard in Tennessee, down the road from where my brother and I were helping my father build his retirement house.” (140)
Jargon
“Home is not where you have to go but where you want to go; nor is it a place where you are sullenly admitted, but rather where you are welcomed – by the people, the walls, the tiles on the floor, the followers beside the door, the play of life, the very grass.”
― Scott Russell Sanders
"penny nails"
"joists"
Simple, Loose, Sentences
Describes things as his father would
Simple=67%
Compound=6%
Complex=25%
Compound Complex=6%
Example of how his father speaks: "'Don't force it,' he would say, 'just drag it easy and give the teeth a chance to bite'"(141).
Example of how Sanders' writes: "I took pains over the wall I was building on the day my father died"(143).
Author’s Perspective
• Because this piece is a narrative work, Sanders refers to himself throughout the course of the entire essay.
• Sanders does not refer to the audience in “The Inheritance of Tools.”
• Scott Russell Sanders is very emotionally invested in his essay because although his father had already passed away before the essay was written, he was still passionate about the memories between him and his father.

Author’s Tone
• Some words to describe the tone of this piece is…
 sentimental; sincere
 “I would hold up these constructions to show my father, and he would turn them over in his hands admiringly, speculating about what they might be” (141).
 appreciative
 “
 didactic
 “The larger of the two squares is called a framing square, a flat steel elbow…the smaller one is called a try square... (142)”.
 ceremonial
 “It took the better part of a year for the scar to disappear, and every time I noticed it I thought of my father” (139).


• Because this piece is a narrative work, Sanders refers to himself throughout the course of the entire essay.
• Sanders does not refer to the audience in “The Inheritance of Tools.”
• Scott Russell Sanders is very emotionally invested in his essay because although his father had already passed away before the essay was written, he was still passionate about the memories between him and his father.

Some words to describe the tone of this piece is…
 sentimental; sincere
“I would hold up these constructions to show my father, and he would turn them over in his hands admiringly, speculating about what they might be” (141).
didactic
 “The larger of the two squares is called a framing square, a flat steel elbow…the smaller one is called a try square... (142)”.
 ceremonial
 “It took the better part of a year for the scar to disappear, and every time I noticed it I thought of my father” (139).

It is important to stay focused on family rather than material items.
"I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important."

David Rockefeller

By Scott Russell Sanders
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