“Once More to the Lake” written by E. B. White is a narrative essay in which White analyzes his conflict with time. The main subjects in this piece are time, childhood memories, and the lake. White conveys these subjects with a reminisent tone that denotes his great longing for these childhood memories to recur. White’s essay “Once More to the Lake” shows an internal conflict with time and childhood memories through the use of diction, repetition of imagery, words, and sensory details that suggests the author’s abhorrence of change.
While in the other essay, “Whistling Swan,” written by Terry Tempest Williams uses a unfamiliar subject to compare the actions and attrocities that happened to a character. With the use of diction in, “Once More to the Lake,” White hints that his childhood memories were important to him. He reveals this to us by speaking of the memories as “worth saving. ” He goes on to describe the feeling of “jollity,” “peace,” and “goodness” that are found in these memories. The author, expecting everything to be the “same” at this “unique,” “holy spot,” begins noticing that his expectations were cut short.
The word choice used here creates the conflict, time and chance, by contrasting the conflict as “petulant” and “irritable. ” The imagery White uses to describe the lake starts off as his memories of the “tarred road,” the “damp moss,” and the middle track that had the “marks of the hooves and the splotches of dried, flaky manure. ” He finally comes to realization that time has moved forward when he hears the “unfamiliar nervous sound of the outboard motors,” and sees the missing “middle track. With the repetition of imagery and sensory details we come to realize that these are the things of most importance to the author. In the short story, “Whistling Swan,” written by Terry Tempest Williams, the writer uses a swan in which he compares the death of Tamara Crocker Pulfer and the late miagration of the swan. The diction chose by Williams has that of a depressing tone. He explained the struggles of a “limp” swan by telling how it was difficult to untangle the wrapped up neck and straighten it out.
As Williams concludes this essay she says, “I did not look back. ” This is how she shows the looking foward from Tamara’s death and to put it in the past. These two authors used diction, imagery, and sensory details to arrive at the truth of their piece. Diction and sensory details, helped us by describing the emotional struggle between the subjects. While the imagery helps to display the struggles. Both authors arrived at the truth by using all of these techniques.