The Heart of “Joyas Voladoras”

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Bethany Davis
First Year Writing
September 27, 2012
The Heart of “Joyas Voladoras”

“In our time together, you claimed a special place in my heart, one I’ll carry with me forever and that no one could ever replace.”-Nicholas Sparks (Dear John).

The heart is a very abstruse thing. Scientifically, know the differences between a human’s heart and a dog’s heart. They know how many hearts a worm has and how a bacterium has none. Doctors know how to perform surgery on the heart without killing a person while a scientist uses a dead person heart to figure out how to prevent premature death. But other than that, the heart is a mystery. Why does the heart hurt when we lose someone we love? Why does it grow when we help someone? Is it actually a cold, dark vortex that has no emotions, or is it the heart Little Jimmy gave to Sally asking her to be his Valentine? I personally think that the best personification of a broken heart was done by George Lucas in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The way that Padmè dies of a broken heart in that movie really gives the viewers a real appreciation for her relationship with Anakin. In “Joyas Voladoras”, Brian Doyle uses many forms of rhetorical strategies, two being symbols and literal and figurative language, that delve into matters of heart and allow readers to experience the emotions he means to stir.

The heart is a symbol that represents life, love, emotions, and many other structures that make humans and animals alike come alive. Doyle uses the heart, being the most vital organ in the body, to represent love for huge animals such as the blue whale, and the struggles of life such as with humans.

“You can spend them slowly, like a tortoise and live to be two hundred years old, or you can spend them fast, like a hummingbird, and live to be two years old.”

The heart can be small and fast, like a hummingbird in motion, or it can be slow like the tread of the...
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