Life is Like a Box of…Cereal?

Life, or more specifically in this case, we’ll narrow it down to the language known as English, is like a box of cereal; you never know what you are going to get. When referencing the popular “Forrest Gump” quote, I believe it becomes easily applicable when it comes to the English language. Let’s get real here. The English language, is enormous. Made of up of who knows how many words, this language is completely ridiculous. I’m still trying to figure out how I’ve been able to comprehend even a fraction of all of these words at all. The same goes for cereal. I feel as if every single time I walk into the grocery store, the cereal aisle is getting bigger and bigger with all these different kinds of cereals. It truly is the English language of the grocery store. But the thing about the English language? There is always and I mean always, going to be variations, surprises, or little tricks that will either help you or throw you off. Occasionally there will be that new flavor you’ve never encountered before or there might be that new toy that comes in every new and improved box and occasionally there will be a new word you’ve never encountered before or there might be that new phrase you’ve never heard before that you’re too afraid to use. But how will we ever know what cereals we like or what words sound the best in a sentence, if we never give the new ones a try. Anyways,  even the old ones that you are used to are subject to change or improvement. You never truly do know what you are going to get.

For instance, let’s take the cereal, Lucky Charms. Lucky Charms are magically delicious and have had good reason to be around for as long as they have been. But let’s break it down to see what makes them tick. First of all, they consist of two main components: oat pieces and marshmallows. Now we can compare these somewhat bland, boring oat pieces with the basic components of English. They make up the nouns, the adjectives, the conjunctions, etc… Pretty simple right? Well, yeah, I mean they are a simple cereal. And to be honest, as crucial as they are to the makeup of the cereal, they’re a bit boring. Maybe it’s because they are overused so much and because they overcrowd the sentences and paragraphs. When it gets down to it, the only part that I find myself looking forward to when eating this cereal is the marshmallows. (as I’m sure it is with the majority of Lucky Charms’ eaters’ out there) These are those same variations, those tricks, (not Trix) and little surprises that spice up the cereal and make it more exciting! These are the tropes and schemes. Tropes and schemes? Well as we have been learning in my AP English 3 class, these are figures of speech that have to do with the way the sentence will look. They are the unexpected twist in the meaning of the words or the thing that deal with word order and letters in the sentences and phrases. They are the cereal enhancers. For example, with the use of a hyperbole, (a trope) we can over exaggerate the meaning of the words and make them sound times better than they already are. This list of tropes and schemes goes on and on and on, and I would be boring you to death if I had to go through each and every one. But they are some of the most important devices in a writers arsenal, which are used, in order to make his or her writings “pop”. These “marshmallows” are what make the English language so unique, so delicious. Or magically delicious I might add. So when it comes down to it, with all these surprises, it turns out ole’ Forrest’s mother was right all along. Well I guess if she was talking about how the chocolate was cereal and life was the English language, but you get the picture.marshmallow lucky charms



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