Fasting, Feasting passage analysis
In the excerpt from Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai, the author uses a variety of literary devices such as diction, speech, and point of view to characterize Arun's experience. Desai uses the techniques to display Arun's uneasy experience with two female members of his host family. Arun's unfamiliarity with the situation of being an exchange student makes him feel uncomfortable and the diction used by Desai expresses Arun's situation in a detailed fashion and makes Arun's situation relatable and easy to understand.
Right from the start of the paragraph, Desai uses diction that shows Arun's uneasiness, a few background details, and establishes the mood of the story. The quote, "Arun cannot plead work," shows Arun's unwillingness to participate in the activity that his hosts are planning for him. The phrasing then becomes more descriptive to show Arun's increased uneasiness. Mrs. Patton’s “new and animated prance galvanizing her dwindled shanks” shows her excitement, which is in opposition of Arun’s obvious distaste for the day’s arrangements. While walking to the beach, Arun and the daughter of his host walk "silently" and try to find a way to walk so that they will not be close together, which causes the situation to become awkward. In paragraph 5, the diction becomes even more descriptive, and visual and auditory imagery become clearer. The sounds of hidden shrilling cicadas and shrieking birds that "are in hiding, or have fled" creates a stressful and foreboding tension. Arun's passionate preference to the small town rather than the "insidious" wildlife makes it apparent that he harbors an intense distaste for his situation.
To characterize and shows the difference between the family and Arun, the author used dialogue. In the beginning of the passage, Arun tries...