Name: Colin Ward Period: 6thExam Waiver AssignmentAP Literature and Composition—Fall 2017Thesis Statement: In the passage from D.H. Lawrence’s novel, The Rainbow, he employs the use of literary devices such as imagery, repetition, symbolism, and personification to characterize women as a group who want to gain more knowledge in order to suggest that they want to break out of their current role in society. Topic Sentence for Body Paragraph #1: Men have their job and lifestyle which satisfies them, and they have everything they will ever want from life, unlike women.DeviceText EvidenceCommentaryImagery”that the wind blew to dry the wet wheat, and set the young ears of corn wheeling freshly roundabout”This suggests that men are content with their current lifestyle. The imagery of the farming lifestyle shows that men find their work and the way they live to be enough. Unlike women, men don’t find the need to have anything more in life.Personification”It was enough for the men, that the earth heaved and opened its furrow to them”This reveals that the earth is somewhat of a friend to men.
The earth and all that it offers is all that men need to be happy with their lives. This also shows how the earth is made easier for men than it is to women, which shows why women would desire more than what they have.Repetition”out to the back at sky and harvest and beast and land”The repetition of “and” shows how much of the earth that men have access to and the damage they have done to it. This also emphasizes womens fascination with life beyond the farm and their desire for knowledge.
Topic Sentence for Body Paragraph #2: The comparison of men to women show that women want so much more in life than a man will ever want for himself, which suggests to the reader that women have a desire for knowledge.DeviceText EvidenceCommentaryMotif”were set out to discover what was beyond, to enlarge their own scope and range and freedom”There is a motif throughout the passage that emphasizes women’s fascination of obtaining more knowledge and what it would be like without life on the farm. This clearly characterizes women as people who want to have more than what they have, especially knowledge.Rhetorical Question”What was it in the vicar, that raised him above the common men as man is raised above the beast?” This shows woman’s desire for knowledge once again by suggesting that the vicar are the other people in the world that have knowledge. The vicar who has knowledge is compared to her husband, who is happy with his simple lifestyle, but she wants to have knowledge like the vicar. She doesn’t know how to gain the knowledge of the vicar with her husband being so content with the lifestyle they already have.
Symbolism”Brangwen, in his large geniality, seem dull and local.”Throughout this passage the author describes how Brangwen is content with the simple lifestyle he lives. This symbolizes the average man who does not want anymore than what he already has, like the author describes earlier in the passage. Men being content with simplicity limits the women who want something more out of their lives.