Analytical Response On Pablo Neruda's Ode To A Large Tuna In The Market Ib English Paper

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Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market: Paper 1 Analysis
In Pablo Neruda’s ode “Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market”, an anonymous speaker addresses their encounter with a dead tuna fish during his outing to a marketplace. The speaker emits a morbid tone as he relayed the slaughtering of the tuna fish. The speaker addressed the tuna with deference, acknowledging the tuna’s endeavors through the dark abyss. In the ode, Neruda dramatizes the tension between the reverence of nature and the betrayal of nature.
In the ode, the speaker shows deep respect towards nature yet simultaneously the speaker suggests that humans destroy and disrupt nature. Neruda conveys the tension between the reverence of nature and betrayal of nature through his diction. The tuna was referred to as “a missile” (6) who “survived/ the unknown, the/ unfathomable/ darkness, the depths/ of the sea” (17-21). Connotatively, the association between the tuna and the missile portrays the tuna as a robust and well built figure. With size also comes powers to which “missile” connotes for. The tuna’s ability to survive through the “unfathomable” depths of the sea proposes the idea that the fish has seen and understood what humans are incapable of fully grasping.This reinforces the idea of nature as a...

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