Strength in Stripes

With his word choice and flare he easily emphasizes his point, like an arrow to the center of the target, that the tiger Is an all mighty powerful creature. Right from the start on the very first page of the very first paragraph, you are enticed by his syntax that describes the tiger and his actions In an exciting and blunt manner. “They come from behind, from the right side, and when they lunge It Is with the intent of snapping the neck of the prey in their And it later continues to say, “the tiger had broken the glass, grabbed the keeper and pulled him wrought the window to his death”(peg. 51). You might say his wording was very simple there, but that is just the beauty of it. It is the simplicity so early on that makes it clear what you will be getting into as you continue to read his essay. At this point it is obvious about the author’s feeling towards the majestic creature. However what truly makes everything completely evident is his statement “One point is beyond dispute: A tiger Is a predator, its mission on earth Is to kill, and in doing so It often displays awesome strength and dexterity’ (peg. 351).

With such powerful words ell crafted, you can sense the author’s admiration for the beast as well as his fearful perception from his brief but resonating statement. As a reader you quickly have an understanding of his point to build off of. However, his perspective of tigers is already evident from the moment you glance at his metaphorical title. Already from the beginning you read in striking bold letters The Tiger Is God, and it makes you wonder what this could possibly mean. With some consideration, you realize that God is an all-powerful being who may take the life of anyone at his will without second though should he please to do so.

And like the tiger, when enraged God will show no mercy in taking the life of a mere human swiftly and abruptly with his mighty strength. His use of metaphor, albeit short, greatly foreshadows the rest of his essay. Furthermore empowering the author’s godlike view of the tiger’s power is well put when he says “The Tiger was majestic and unknowable, a beast of such seeming Invulnerability that It was believed he alone had called the world Into being, and that a given life could end at his whim” (Peg. 359). Not only does this text emphasis the power of the tiger, it adds personification to the

Deadest as IT t I were an all-powerful man Tanat calls ten snots . Research even snows that tigers kill in certain ways depending on what it feels. “An Indian researcher, using live deer and buffalo calves as bait, found that the elapsed time between a tiger’s secure grip on the animal’s neck and the preys subsequent death was anywhere from thirty-five to ninety seconds. In other circumstances the cat will not choose to be so swift. Sometimes a tiger will kill an elephant calf by snapping its trunk and waiting for it to bleed to death… ” (peg. 355).

Harridan uses the ready-made egos in quote to compel you to believe the strength and intelligence that tigers possess. Logically you would think that a tiger held in captivity wouldn’t have a need to kill for food, however according to Decided, a zoo’s exhibit curator, this is not true. After seeing the death of a fellow zoo keeper Decided states the following. “l think probably what crossed that cat’s mind at that point is look at all those scavengers across there that are after my prey. I’m goanna move it. He was Just being a tiger”(peg. 354). The truth is, is that a tiger can only be a tiger and that means it is a powerful oilier.

It is because of ethos given from the research and zoo keeper statement, that as a reader you are able to trust what the author says to further pull you to believe his point. Not only that, but the logos presented from the fact that a tiger even in captivity can be aggressive enough to kill that a wild tiger would be much more fierce and godlike. As fierce as the tiger is it does not know that, only the people affected and those who observe know the might of the tiger. And to show the Beast’s innocence to itself Harridan uses The Euphemism “he was Just being a Tiger”(peg. 9) After all he praised and described in detail, he ends it with “he was Just being a Tiger” because although it is a short and discerning phrase, it packs a major punch in emphasizing the tiger’s might. How can a being so strong not be aware of itself and cause so much discord without even trying? Such a euphemism would logically only serve to provoke you to wonder how much greater the power if it should be refined. Harridan’s strategy for using rhetorical devices was quick, simple, forward, yet refreshing to read. Although most of his syntax was very direct and to the point, I live that I was to add emphasis on the Tigers personality.

Like tigers themselves, this essay was very blunt and made the Jump with no hesitation. Harridan’s text went straight for the kill by starting out with details of the Tiger’s hunting ability, and so the chase begins. Soon afterwards, you get more in depth to his claims of the tiger and you are enthralled into his writing, much like how a tiger would be to catch its prey and then feast on it almost immediately so. Then you are given perspectives and positions and insight to the tiger’s mind as if you were the tiger feeding on the iterate devices and you are left satisfied.

Even though each part represented a different trait of the tiger, one thing remained throughout the essay, which is that the syntax was always meaningful and strong which in the literary world would be the equivalent of the tiger’s strength. Whether it be logos, ethos, metaphors, the slight use of personification, or Just the of the syntax, the author was able to not only use it but attack with them as his tiger claws to cut your flesh and leave a bleeding mark of his point. Works Cited Harlan, Stephen. Nine Alger Is