Analysis of Matthew Boyd’s Essay

Topics: Insect, Wasp, Bee sting Pages: 3 (540 words) Published: November 3, 2013
WR115, Rigamonti

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

pollinating flowers.

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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