Thesis-Driven Analysis Essay
26 Oct, 2013
Analysis of Matthew Boyd’s Essay
Are bees’ the dreadful satanic creatures that Matthew Boyd describes in his essay Striped,
Winged, Devils or are they the domesticated canines that lick you to death with their unbridled love?
Well I hope to break this down the best way I can from what I picked up on. Now the three main things
that stood out in this essay were Boyd’s use of metaphors like “toxic knives” and “domesticated
canines” which both of those were in the first paragraph, but that was the only points of figurative
language that were in this essay. There was some use of foul language that made the writing very
informal but other than that he had a real light hearted tone to his writing and was very descriptive in
recalling his early childhood.
Now the essay starts off, about how a bee buzzes right by him while he is on a picnic with his
family in the forest in what he describes as a nice clearing. He talks about how they were having chicken
and what he says were other various goodies with their meal. Which he thinks was why the bees’ were
attracted to what they were having that they didn’t care about what they should be doing and that was
So the bees’ were coming in very hard and fast that Boyd and his family had to pack it up
quickly, and get to the car, then Boyd goes onto state that he was the first one to the family vehicle, and
reflects on how he didn’t want to be stung by the toxic knives which was the metaphor he
used to compare the bee’s stinger to.
This leads to bringing on the memories of a painful lesson he learned at the young age of four
while playing in the front yard when he mistook what he thought was a dead fly for a nasty bee. So as
Boyd would go on to describe, he saw this fly go past him and he followed it to a flower in which it
landed on and he knelt down to get a...
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