The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski Essay

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Alexus Daggett
D. Wesley
English AP—7
September 26, 2012
Danger Lurking Everywhere
In life we see drastic changes and effects. Changes and effects, that we cannot prevent in everyday situations, due to that simple yet complex little word. These unpreventable things are known by the name of fate or fatality. Never actually aware of the outcome of any situation or life expectancy, that comes with such a little insignificant action. Due to our little friend fate, in the novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski, this book is full of un-expecting twist and turns throughout the novel. David Wroblewski uses rhetorical strategies, using symbols, going through the settings with deep description adding the extra ump to give the reader the emotion that is being portrayed. At the start of novel Wroblewski starts off using the rhetorical strategy, with a flashback combination of foreshadowing. Establishing the setting of Pusan, South Korea, in a remotely small town, meeting a local “herbalist,” are soon to be “antagonist” is introduced. Our antagonist buys a bottle of liquid. Our herbalist proves to show it as poison by demonstrating on a nearby stray dog. Wrapping the poison in a green ribbon enclosed with wax. In return, our character trades medicine for the poison, and soon becomes “a life for a life” scenario. Yet our friend fate does not allow this deed to go without consequences. And therefore foreshadow begins to play its role. As the plot begins to unravel, our character that was shown to buy the poison is revealed as our main character Edgar Sawtelle’s uncle. Realizing the fate of our characters, foreshadow begins to deepen and begin to grow bigger. Edgar soon sees his uncle surveying the land as his own while standing on the barn. The “kingdom” shall soon be his, as Claude would think in his head. Wroblewski uses the irony in that statement to illustrate the chaos soon to come. Claude is soon used as the oxymoron of the book,...
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