A Sunrise On The Veld By Doris Lessing

529 words - 2 pages

An Early Morning on The Veld

Sometimes I think that it takes a lot of writing by an author to give
a vivid, clear picture of a character's personality. In Doris
Lessing's short story, A Sunrise on the Veld, she describes a boy's
intense feelings as he prepares for and goes out on an early morning
hunt.

To begin, her creative use of language recreates the feel of an early
morning on the grasslands. Repetition is often frowned upon; however
in this story, Lessing constructively uses repetition to emphasize the
coolness of the morning air. "It was cold, cold." Furthermore, Lessing
uses figurative language in order for the text to appeal more to the
reader's senses. For example, the simile, "springing out like a fish",
reminds the reader of the sting of chilly water. She also personifies
the sun when she describes the wait for the sun to "paint the world
afresh," like an artist. In addition, Lessing contrasts some ideas in
order to reinforce them. For instance, she contrasts the coolness of
the morning air with the stuffiness of the sleeping parents' room.
Another example is that she illustrates that in just a few hours from
dawn, the ground would change from its icy condition to a scorching
platform. Also, she exploits colorful, accurate adjectives and strong
verbs to paint lively pictures of the setting. Numbed, chill earth,
chilled dust, soles contracted, icy, steady shiver, cold muzzle, ache
with cold, reluctance at the cold, etc. precisely illustrate the
various reactions of the boy and his dogs to the chilly morning.
Lastly, Lessing depicts the transition between the pitch blackness
preceding sunrise and the blurred hues of sunrise. First, the author
waits for the "colorless greying of the edge of...

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