Ap English Essay on Okenfenokee Swamp

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Wildlife, proof of the abundance of nature, bland creatures who only wish to live, live another day. On the other hand, Animals fierce, ferocious beasts in a desperate race for survival, willing to trick and steal, to cheat and kill just to experience another day in their miserable lives. Like beings out of a freakish circus or a hellish zoo, these creatures will do anything to survive. In both passages, the authors try relating their views on the swamp to us. While one does it in a way that is informative but surely bland because it comprises for pure fact, without embellishment, while the other uses metaphors, similes and other syntactic devices that implant in us the image of the swamp primitive and archetypal in exactly the manner the author intended to. Thus Passage one is the skeleton, Passage two is the quintessence.

Of all the syntactic devices used, word choice is most evident.

The author of the first passage used words like “diverse” and “exotic” which make us feel like he might be trying to impress the reader but he isn’t. The words chosen by him are all chosen for their denotative meanings. For example, the word exotic is meant to mean rare and diverse is used such that it means different kinds. Passage two on the other hand, is filled withAbraham 2syntactic devices that provide that essence such that truly exists in the swamp. Both passages have generally the same content but Passage one sticks to the point and comes right out with it instead of beating around the bush while Passage two is designed so as to impress the reader. For example in Passage one it ways that the swamp covers more than 600 miles, while in Passage two it says “fanning out over 430,000 leaf-choked...