In the final section of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, I was able to find two vocabulary words; Precedence (314) which means the order to be observed in ceremonies by persons of different ranks, as by diplomatic protocol and forlornly (316) which means lonely or sad. I also found three examples of figurative language that I found interesting, like this example in the book of personification; “The engine’s whistle blows mournfully, a distant sound that somehow cuts through the insistent buzzing in my ears” (291). This is an example of a personification because the engine’s whistle, something that is not human, is doing something human-like. I also found this example of onomatopoeia; “Shh, don’t move” (291). This is an example of onomatopoeia because “Shh” is supposed to represent the sound that the character is making. I also found another example of onomatopoeia in the book; “And you should be grateful we do, because what the hell do you think would happen to you if we took off right now? Hmmm?” (293). This is also an example of onomatopoeia because “Hmmm” is supposed to represent the sound that the character makes with his mouth, not an actual word. I also found this quote in the book that I think is significant; “Mr. Jankowski, I’m going to get you into the show now before there’s nothing left to see, but it would be an honor and a privilege if you would join me for a drink in my trailer after the show. You’re a living piece of history, and I’d surely love to hear about that collapse firsthand. I’d be happy to see you home afterward” (325). This quote is significant because it is really one of the first times in a while that Jacob has gotten the respect he deserves from someone other than Rosemary. An occurring theme in this last part of the book was long lasting happiness, especially the long lasting happiness that Jacob and Marlena have after they no longer have to conceal their relationship.
Water for Elephants, post A, week 6