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We Are The Mulvaneys Ap Essay

Yanel GarciaMr. BrudenellAP Literature and Composition A2October 28, 2011AP English Literature and Composition Free-Response Questions (Form B)Read the following passage from Joyce Carol Oate’s novel We Were the Mulvaneys (1996). Then, in a well organized essay, analyze the literary techniques Oates uses to characterize the speaker, Judd Mulvaney. Support your analysis with specific references to the passage. In the story We Were the Mulvaneys, the speaker, Judd Mulvaney, can be best described as anxious throughout the passage. There are a few literary techniques that demonstrate Judd’s state of mind. Some examples of the literary techniques that the author uses are imagery and re-petition. In lines 1-6, imagery is used; Judd describes the driveway. “That time in our lower driveway, by the brook. I was straddling my bike staring down into the water. Fast-flowing clear water, shallow, shale beneath, and lots of leaves. Sky the color of lead and the light mostly

Summary: Essay is on an excerpt from "We were the Mulvaneys" written by Joyce Carol Oates.


Death is mysteriously incomprehensible to those who are living; and everyone has a unique perception of life. Some think it moves too fast, while others wish they could "fast forward" the years. In We Were the Mulvaneys written by Joyce Carol Oates, a young, lonely farm boy has an awakening experience down at a brook by his driveway. While he is there, he goes through a series of emotions that brings him to an important realization about the swift passage of time.

Oates uses several steps to characterize Judd Mulvaney. She starts out subtly with the environment surrounding him. He first looks down at the "Fast-flowing clear water, shallow, shale beneath, and lots of leaves." (Line 3-4). Noticing that the water is "fast-flowing" pre-relates to his fast-flowing emotions and thoughts about how quickly life goes by. Judd then notices the "Sky [was the] the color of lead and...

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