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In both the stories Flight by Doris Lessing and Chemistry by Graham Swift, imagery is used strongly to indicate certain effects.

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Imagery Imagery is used in stories to create pictures or scenes in a reader's mind. This is important because having the ability to visualize a story can help the audience to better understand what is actually happening. In both the stories "Flight" by Doris Lessing and "Chemistry" by Graham Swift, imagery is used strongly to indicate certain effects. In "Flight," imagery is used in the beginning to show the overall mood. In line 7, the old man is described as, "Content, he rested the bird lightly on his chest, and leaned against a tree, gazing out beyond the dovecote into the landscape of a late afternoon." This is followed by a description of the land, "In folds and hollows of sunlight and shade, the dark red soil, which was broken into great clods, stretched wide to a tall horizon. Trees marked the course of the valley; a stream of rich green grass the road." ...read more.


childish pride prevent him from telling her so; instead, he waits for her to come to him so that he might know that she loves him as much as he loves her, but she appears as if she doesn't need him anymore because she already has a fianc�. Imagery is also used to explain the reason behind the old man's fear of losing his granddaughter. Lines 94-97, "'Come, now, Dad. She'll be down the road, that's all. She'll be here every day to see you.' 'But it's not the same.' He thought of the other three girls, transformed inside a few months from charming petulant spoiled children into serious young matrons." show that what the old man is afraid of isn't not being able to see his granddaughter anymore; it's the changes that he knows he'll eventually see that upset him. He doesn't want Alice to become a serious lady of the house - the old man likes her as a young carefree child who he can dote on and play with. ...read more.


In the last paragraph, the writer uses imagery to show how the narrator "saw" his grandfather on the other end of the pond in the park, who is described to us as smiling and ready to reach out and receive the launch. This represents that the narrator has come to the conclusion that although his grandfather is dead and gone from his life in a physical sense, he will always be with him regardless, because they both still believe in "the launch." Throughout the whole story, "the launch" is used to represent the original trio - "Mother, Grandfather, and I" - and their content life. In conclusion, the writers of "Flight" and "Chemistry" used imagery in many ways to achieve certain effects. Characterizations, the overall moods, the structures of a story - all were illustrated effectively by using imagery in different ways. Therefore, the use of imagery is significant to a story, in the way that it can be applied in various techniques to achieve certain effects. ?? ?? ?? ?? Becky CHANG H1ETR Word Count - 792 ...read more.

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