Point of View Essay
When I woke up last Sunday morning, I decided to take a view of nature, as I stood behind our house. What I saw at first glance was a paradise, something that I had missed for a long time. Almost all vegetation was decorated in a bright green coloration that led me to remember the pictures of heaven that I used to see in storybooks when I was young. The rose flowers behind the house added pink coloration that that made the flowers proud of their unique contribution to nature. I irresistibly moved ahead and picked one of the flowers. The natural sweet scent of the flower made me feel like I needed to use it as a perfume. The sound of the whistling wind and chanting birds made nature seem complete.
Nature became less attractive when I went close to the trees. Under the trees was rotting garbage made of fallen leaves that had lost the chlorophyll. There were also fallen dried small branches of trees invaded by beetles. One of the trees I never knew its name had borne some ripe fruits. I decided to pick one of the ripe fruits and taste. Although the color of the fruit was attractive, it had a very bad taste. There was also a dead, rotting bird that produced a foul smell. The dead bird had wallowing maggots that seemed competing to consume the fresh. Why did I come closer to the dead bird? The stench of the dead bird made me wonder.
I used several direct phrases in the point-of-view essay. In the first paragraph, for instance, I stated that “what I saw at first glance was a paradise.” The purpose of the phrase is to give a hint of the beauty of the nature or to emphasize the positive aspect of nature. In the second paragraph, I used the phrase “why did I come closer to the dead bird!” to emphasize the negative aspect of nature.
Secondly, I carefully selected details about nature to include and to omit in the first and second paragraphs. I included the positive details in the first paragraph and the negative details in the second paragraph. In the first paragraph, for instance, I mentioned about the beautiful elements of nature such as the good coloration of vegetation and flowers, the good scent of the flowers, the whistling wind and the chanting birds. In the second paragraph, I mentioned about the fallen dried leaves and branches, the bad taste of the fruit and the dead bird.
My approach mainly involved showing, rather than just telling. In other words, I described my view of nature in details, rather than just summarizing. In the first paragraph, for instance, I mentioned that the nature was beautiful in my view. I elaborated further through mentioning the beautiful aspects of the nature. The sentence “almost all vegetation was decorated in a deep-green coloration that led me to remember the pictures of heaven that I use to see in story books when I was young” was meant to describe the beauty of nature. In the same vein, I used the sentence “there were also fallen dried small branches of trees that seemed like they had been invaded by beetles” to describe the negative aspect of nature.
I was also careful when selecting the choice of words to use in the description of the nature. For instance, instead of just mentioning that the rotting bird had a bad smell, I stated that it had a foul smell. Instead of just mentioning that the vegetation had a ‘green’ coloration, I stated that it had a ‘bright green’ coloration. Instead of just describing the flowers as having a good smell, I mentioned that they had a sweet smell. The purpose of the using such words was to emphasize on both the positive and negative aspects of nature.
I also used figurative language in the essay. For instance, I used the metaphor “what I saw at the first glance was a paradise” to describe the beauty of the nature. I used personification in the phrase “rose flowers behind the house added pink coloration that that made the flowers proud” to emphasize on the important contribution of the flowers to the nature.
I learnt two main things through writing the assignment. First, I learned how to use sensory details to describe a particular scenario in an elaborate manner, rather than just tell or give a summary of the scenario. Secondly, I have leaned the five elements of the writer’s toolbox and how to incorporate them in my writing. I can comfortable apply the new knowledge in life when describing particular geographical places that are of interest to other people. In my view, the elements of the writer’s box should be incorporated extensively in the written media, such as magazines and newspapers, in order to enhance the attention of the readers.