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Parallel Structure

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Lisa To

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Parallel Structure

Parallel structure is an important literary element. Although it is usually overlooked, authors use parallel structure to emphasize the importance of sentences, subjects, phrases, etc. It also adds voice and tone to the reading. Being able to find and understand parallel structure will give the reader a better understanding of their read and ultimately, make the reading more enjoyable.
Explanation (cont.)
"'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'" (Golding 152).

"The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise" (Golding 78)

To put your knowledge of parallel structure to the test, you will have to answer whether or not a sentence has parallel structure. Each sentence has a letter. Once you have finished answering yes or no to each sentence, write the letter of the sentences that do have parallel structure into the corresponding number. If they don't have parallel structure, leave the space blank. In the end you will find the answer to this joke:
What did the boys do to Piggy?
"Parallel structure is repetition of the same pattern of words or phrases within a sentence or passage to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance" (Driscoll).

EXAMPLE: Mary went
, and
at the beach.

The parallelism in this sentence are the bold words. They are all being used in the present tense and end in -ing. Repeating them consecutively shows that Mary enjoys each activity equally.
Selina Lee & Lisa To
7th Period
Parallel Structure
Work Cited
Driscoll, Dana Lynn. "Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Parallel Structure. The Writing Lab, 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.
1. "The boys drew back, and Jack stood up, holding out his hand" (Golding 135).
2. "He scrambled [a]round the fire, squatted by Eric, and looked to see" (Golding 98).
3. "They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort" (Golding 59).
4. "Soon the darkness was full of claw, full of the awful unknown and menace" (Golding 99).
5. "We saw no houses, no smoke, no footprints, no boats, no people." (Golding 32).
6. "The accepted the pleasures of morning, the bright sun, the whelming sea, and the sweet air" (Golding 58).
7. "'We want to have fun and we want to be rescued'"(Golding 37).
8. "Simon, forgetful of the flies, shaded his eyes with both hands and peered at the smoke" (Golding 147).
9. "He sighed, bent, and laced up his shoes" (Golding 38).
10. "... she squealed and bucked and the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror"( Golding 135).
11. "The beast struggled forward, broke the ring, and fell over the steep edge of the rock to the sand by the water" (Golding 153).
12. "The air was cool, moist, and clear..." (Golding 153).
13. "Then they were facing each other again, panting and furious, but unnerved by each other's ferocity" (Golding 179).
14. "By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, [the] beauty of the shell" (Golding 180).
15. "Someone was throwing stones: Roger was dropping them" (Golding 180).

12, 4, 8, 5, 13, 2, 10, 15, 14, 7, 1, 9, 11, 6, 3
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