Duel to Death in Dry Desert Dunes

{DxM IX}

Did that title make you feel curious to read this post?

Well, that’s because catching the reader’s attention is after all, its intended purpose. These phrases with two or more words that start with the same letter or consonant, are called alliterations. Alliterations are often used to add character to the writing and include an element of ‘fun’ to the piece.

In order to achieve an uplifting tone, Fairy Tail once used an alliteration for one of the episode titles. It not only summarises the episode, but makes it appealing and intriguing for the viewers too.

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Alliterations are sometimes used to emphasize certain words too.

For the example below,

  • little” refers to how insignificant Juvia is, surrounded by a vast empty desert
  • lost” implies a sense of despair and the loss of Juvia’s rationality
  • lamb” is an animal commonly associated with cuteness and innocence. However, in this scenario, the lamb symbolises prey, for Juvia is being hunted down by the predator, Aries.

Combining the significance of all three words, we can draw a clear relationship between Aries and Juvia: strong VS weak.

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Many rap songs today contain many alliterations as well. There’s this rap verse on alliterations that start with the letter ‘L’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmYVb0e-dXI

Most of the times, alliterations bring ‘fun’ to the table, but take away grammar and accuracy as well. Firstly, the alliteration may not be able to include many conjunctions, like “and”, “although”… Also, words of similar meanings have different extent, for example, ‘happy’ and ‘overjoyed’. In order to construct an alliterations, authors sometimes substitute the most precise word, for a word that begins with the same letter. However, this substituted word may not be able to fully bring out the most precise and appropriate meaning. This is one of the major drawbacks of using an alliteration.

Thanks for taking the time to think through this terribly tedious text that I took thirty minutes typing, TEEHEE!

P.S. This is the first out of the seven posts in A Week of Literary Devices. Look forward to the upcoming six others!

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{AHS Lesson 9} Midas Touch

{DxM VIII}

Amagi Brilliant Park
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This screencap was an allusion to King Midas, which is quite a significant figure in Greek Mythology. Thus, this post will be a reflection on his actions and the consequences of greed.

So, who is King Midas? Does the term “golden touch” ring a bell?

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Tell me if you got that pun!

Did you get the pun?! XD

Once upon a time, the satyr Silenus was drunk and got carried by some Phrygian peasants to their king, Midas. Midas flourished him with sumptuous food and accommodation, entertaining him for several days with stories and performances.

When Midas brought Silenus back to Dionysus in Lydia, Dionysus offered Midas a choice of whatever reward he desired. Midas asked to give him the ability to turn anything he touches into gold. On the way home, he decided to test his powers out by touching a tree branch. Miraculously, it turned to gold!

Student (Rachel): But what about food?

That is a very clever observation! Turning everything he touches into gold, Midas was totally unable to eat nor drink. As a result, he started to suffer from starvation. What seemed like a blessing at first, turned out to be a horrible curse! But the most dreadful thing was when he accidentally touched his daughter. Oops, we all can guess what happened next…

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"FATHER NOOOOO"

“FATHER, STOP! DONT TOUCH ME! NOOOOO T>T”

All in all, this story is not implying that desire for wealth is erroneous. Wanting money is natural since we live in a world that essentially revolves around money. This need is further amplified by the rising costs of living, inflation, increasing dependency on economically-active people.

However, all I am saying is that we should not be blinded by greed. Our actions and principles should not be oriented around selfish desires, such as avarice and materialism. For the case of King Midas, he was too focused on achieving material success, that he disregarded the possible ramifications that could have arose from it. Through our pursuit for money, we should still pay attention to everything else, because affluence is really not that important. Don’t believe me? Well, at least I know King Midas wasn’t happy at all, even with all his excessive opulence.

And along this note of supernatural powers, I’d like to point out that even with the best superpowers, like the ability to create anything you imagine, or temporal manipulation, or the potential to restore something to its original form, people will still face difficulties trying to solve basic problems about friendship and love. Therefore, in my opinion, coveting power, fame, wealth, etc, is really irrelevant in today’s society because there are countless of things that mere money cannot overcome.

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In conclusion, greed begets greed, and one will always be unsatisfied with one’s current financial state. If we can learn to acknowledge the insignificance of opulence in our lives and focus on our own ideals, the world will be a much more charitable place 🙂

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Guild Crest

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In life, we are often members of a certain community, or belong to a particular organisation. As a representation of this fact, we usually wear badges or pins that display this membership. For me, the Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) in my school requires us to attach pins on our school uniform. However, many students dismiss this poorly-reinforced rule and thus, people are rarely seen with their own CCA badges.

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These badges are typically thought of as ‘decorative symbols’, solely for display. But in fact, these ornaments carry more weight than what people think it does.

Purpose of the badge:
• Identification (makes you stand out in a forest of normal uniforms)
• Sense of identity and belonging
• Pride towards CCA/club
• Important relic of the past to represent one of your major experience in life

I think that if we enjoy the activities in our CCAs, we should be beaming with pride while wearing these badges. This may not be entirely true, but in a way, it shows your appreciation for the effort put in to planning these activities and that you cherish your experiences in the club.

As physically tiny as the badges appear to be, the significance they carry is huge.