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Transcript of Joyas Voladoras
by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. The American Scholar magazine was inspired by
a speech given by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"The American Scholar" Phi Beta Kappa Society 1893 The American Scholar Magazine Ralph Waldo Emerson Brian Doyle Author Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine
(University of Portland) The Magazine ranks among the top 10 best university magazines in America
Doyle's essays, stories and other pieces have won numerous awards Joyas Voladoras By Brian Doyle Doyle's essay uses science and vivid description to depict the interconnectedness of beings and how the heart is a fragile yet powerful organ, both physically and emotionally. The essay describes the heart, activities and life of a hummingbird It then moves into describing the life and body of the blue whale. Last, the essay speaks of humans and how the heart is a measurement of life. Rhetorical Devices Polysyndeton and Asyndeton "But when they rest they come close to death: on frigid nights, or when they are starving, they retreat into torpor, their metabolic rate slowing to a fifteenth of their normal sleep rate, their hearts sludging nearly to a halt, barely beating, and if they are not soon warmed, if they do not soon find that which is sweet, their hearts grow cold, and they cease to be." Pragmatographia & Enargia "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 in it, head high, bending only to step through the valves. The valves are as big as the swinging doors in a saloon." Commoratio & Tautology "The price of their ambition is a life closer to death; they suffer heart attacks and aneurysms and ruptures more than any other living creature. It's expensive to fly. You burn out. You fry the machine. You melt the engine." Pathos Emotional Appeal Doyle's most prominent and convincing rhetorical strategy is his use of pathos; the ways in which Doyle's writing envokes emotion. The short-lived yet flourishing life of the hummingbird provokes both sorrow and joy. Readers can relate to the emotions and experiences mentioned. Protected "hearts" do not fully experience life to the fullest. The human experience. Complex Meaning The underlying meaning of Joyas Voladoras is to make the reader feel the human experience through written words.
The use of pathos envokes emotion and breaks down barriers between the writing and the reader, making the reader vulnerable.
The hearts and lives of the hummingbird and the blue whale represent how a person lives his or her own life.
The essay presents different levels of the human experience and one's understanding, appreciation for his or her own unique experience.
You get out of life what you put into it. The less protected one keeps one's self, the fuller the life experience. Allegory and Symbolism The essay is an allegory for human life and the human experience. "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." Hummingbird- a symbol of joy, love and appreciation for life.
Whale- a symbol of death and rebirth,"Record Keeper for all Eternity"
Blue- a symbol of strength and protection.
Heart- a symbol of the spiritual, intellectual, moral, intellectual core of the human being.