Boulders Taller Than the Great Tower of Seville

From an account by García López de Cardenas

Retold by Pedro de Castañeda

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1. What is the time period and how does it affect the literary style?

The time period is the 16th century and it talks of the journey by Garcia Lopez de Cardenas who reached the Grand Canyon and recorded what he witnessed. Because the Grand Canyon was not a well known phenomenon, it just made the literature style more interesting and honest.

2. What is the author's purpose in writing the selected piece?

The fact that he saw something "Taller than the Great Tower of Seville", was probably a very important occurrence and recquired proper documenting for other people to study. On the other hand, this could have been a more personal account and was not meant to be read, like a journal entry.

3. What literary techniques does the author employ in achieving his or her purpose?

The literary technique used by the author is mostly imagery and the description of all that is happening. Since the purpose of the piece was probably to inform on what was seen or witnessed, the best way to have other people experience it was to describe it well and in a way to give everyone a picture.

4. How is the literature characteristic of the time period?

The literature is very honest and descriptive in a way that causes imagination and expresses emotion towards the author's recollection of those boulders "Taller than the Great Tower of Seville" and since the Grand Canyon was probably not a known area, it made for more people to be curious in this time period.

Section 1
1. The Earth on Turtle's Back 2. When Grizzlies Walked Upright 3. from The Navajo Origin Legend 4. from The Iroquois Constitution
Section 2
1. A Journey Through Texas 2. Boulders Taller Than the Great Tower of Seville 3. from The interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 4. Diamond Island: Alcatraz
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