The Finale

As the story comes to a close and this huge storm overcomes Josie and her children. Eggers uses hyperbole to conduct his symphony of sounds during this tumultuous storm. Eggers utilizes exaggeration and hyperbole throughout the book, as if to sign, “Eggers was here” over every page. The hyperbole gives the reader another image as if to relate to the event Eggers is writing about. Personally, i haven’t been in many huge storms or in an avalanche so these vivid connections Eggers builds are real to me. As a reader, I can now essentially be another character, experiencing the same events. “She was being pulled back from the light, like am almost-angel now being led back to the mundanity of eathly existence. (Eggers 71)” In this moment, I can experience Josie’s despair on a level that only this kind of writing can achieve. In this moment, I am Josie and i just fell from this inebriated grace as I come spiraling down to Earth. “Christ, she thought, it was beautiful, with its rich coat, its luxurious grey coat, its eyes like Paul’s. (Eggers 256)” In this moment, the description of the fox brings me next to the once-again-inebriated Josie as she is taking in all of nature. To say Eggers uses hyperbole extensively when Josie is drunk is an overreach but Josie’s thought patterns and perception of the world around her do heighten when she’s had a few drinks. Perhaps Eggers uses his extreme hyperbole in order to bookmark Josie’s drunken episodes but also to highlight her perceptive nature. 


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