N.S. Momaday and Brown

Differences between Native American Land

N.S. Momaday and D. Brown were two native Americans who have chosen to tell you the reader about their land. N.S. Momaday has written to show how beautiful his and almost sacred land is. Then D. Brown has written to show a vast death that has spread through his land and left it empty. Both authors use literary devices such as alliteration and imagery. N.S. Momaday chooses to use personification as to where D. Brown does not.

In Momaday's essay he uses personification to describe the knoll that is rising out of the plain when he says "a single knoll rises out of the plain in Oklahoma (Momaday ). The way he writes about the knoll actually makes it seem alive with the characteristic of it actually rising out of the plain. Or the way he describes the cracking grass, grass does not jus crack on its own it needs the help of a foreign object, he just makes it seem that it has a will of its own and is cracking by itself. D. Brown chose not to use personification in his writing, it would have given the reader a sense that the land was alive or had some joy left to it. He wanted the reader to look down on this place of desolate nothing. So his choice of not using personification was justified.

D. Brown also uses alliteration in his writing; "Arapahos roamed restlessly, (Brown68) and "that summer it seemed (Brown68). In these two examples the Arapahos seem to not know where they are headed and that they are tired, it gives you a sort of sympathy for the restless Indians. Brown does not use much alliteration that is very noticeable as to where Momaday uses very clear alliterations. Momaday uses his alliterations to describe the beauty in the land that he had such as; "brittle brown and cracks beneath your feet,  (Momaday501). He gives the grass a certain quality that makes it seem like a wonderful grass. Then he writes about the grasshoppers,

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