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Parallel structures What is a parallel structure? – Refers to identical grammatical structures that add rhythm and balance to images (Noden, 2011). – Adds musical quality that adds emphasis and sound to central images (Noden, 2011). – Example: Season 1 (1959–1960) – There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling
Examples Between the past and the future, between sanity and madness, between dreams and reality, lies the mystery of the 12 monkeys. (Universal Studios) Between what can be seen and what must be feared, between what lives and what never dies, between the light of truth and the darkness of evil, lies the future of terror. (Universal Studios)
Types Literal repetition – Repeating the exact same thing over and over throughout Grammatical repetition – Using the same structure throughout Literal and grammatical repetition – Using both
Literal repetition Dear big brother, Remember the day I borrowed your brand new car and I dented it? I thought you'd kill me, but you didn't. And remember the time I dragged you to the beach, and you said it would rain, and it did? I thought you'd say, "I told you so." But you didn't. Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie all over your car rug? I thought you'd hit me, but you didn't. And remember the time I forgot to tell you the wedding was formal and you showed up in jeans? I thought you'd yell at me, but you didn't. Yes, there were lots of things you didn't do, But you put up with me, and you loved me, and you protected me. There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you when you returned from Iraq. Sincerely,...but you didn't.
Literal repetition I talked more quickly—more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key with gesticulations, but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observation of the men—but the noise steadily increased – “The Tell-tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe
Literal repetition Examples from students: – It was all so clear now. She knew who had killed Sylvia. It was someone who hated her, someone who had been a friend of hers, someone who never forgave her for how she had treated him, someone from high school, someone who knew her old nickname was Syl. It was Bruce Crystal! – Every day some kid makes a big name for himself in high school or college, but only the best make it to the NFL. Only the best of the best make it to the Hall of Fame. And running backs are a breed apart, lone warriors facing minefields of destruction and in this dog-eat-dog league, only the best survive.
Activity Choose a “zone” The Sports Zone The Political Zone The Nature Zone The School Zone The Music Zone The Crime Zone The Friendship Zone The Vampire Zone The Movie Zone The Cafeteria Zone The Love Zone The Forest Zone The Car Wash Zone The Skateboard Zone The Math Zone The Television Zone Use the outline to fill in the parallel structures, using YOUR zone. The ________________ Zone There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as ____________ as _________________ and as _____________________ as __________________. It is the ____________ ____________between ____________________ and _______________, between __________________________ and ________________________, and it lies between the _________________________ of ___________ ____________, and the ______________ of his/her ________________. This is the dimension of _______________________. It is an area which we call…. THE _______________ ZONE. Original: There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.
Literal Parallel Structures Examples Still I Rise by Maya AngelouMaya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise. [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] BY E. E. CUMMINGSE. E. CUMMINGS i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Grammatical Repetition Subtler than literal repetition Harder to identify unless you are listening for them. It uses same grammatical structure Listen to the example… – Page 59 Listen for the similar pattern?
Example two Ambition inspired his journey. Nature changed his destiny. What pattern did they use?
Best way to use parallel structure Most frequently, these are combined. Combining literal and grammatical repetitions make the most emphasis on your reader. In his nightmares, he can see them. In his mind, he can hear them. In his soul he can feel them. Now in earth's darkest hour, hum must fight them again. (Ad for the film First Contact)
You may contribute a verse O Me! O Life! BY WALT WHITMANWALT WHITMAN Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me, Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined, The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here—that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. Can you find any examples of parallel structure in the poem or the advertisement?
Activity Activity; Old cabin Close your eyes. Picture a cabin in the woods. You’re going to try to create some sensory images of the cabin you just pictured. Instead of adding additional sentences, you’re going to expand the basic sentence by adding details created with a rhythm of repeated prepositions or clauses: Like this: The old cabin made me feel close to nature. Example one: The old cabin with its rustic stone fireplace, with its handsome log furniture, with its view of Lake Tahoe, made me feel close to nature. Example two: When I awoke to the aroma of burnt fire logs, when I looked out the window and saw the morning fog roll across the lake, when I felt the slight chill of the mountain air, the old cabin made me feel close to nature.