Whites phenomenal book ” Element of style” was the perfect grammar rule set book. He deliberately breaks those rules in his 1941 essay ” Once More to the Lake”, making it discrete. E.
b white uses immaculate details from his childhood memories shared with the lake and other forms of rhetoric to show the audience what the lake really meant to him creating a surrealness. He connects with the audience with his use of pathos, imagery, and metaphor White flawlessly uses metaphor in his writing to create a lucid image. To get the allusion of past and present. White ends his essay with “I watched him his hard little body, skinny and bare, saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small, soggy, icy garment. As he buckled the swollen belt suddenly my groin felt the chill of death.
” White realizes he is no longer in the past anymore. He watches his son closely realizing he once took his place. He understands that everyone the has come to life has to die. He appreciates all the memories shared with the lake but knows they can only remain memories, Time can’t go back. He recognizes that the growth of his son also means that death is to come for him. Furthermore, White also writes on the feeling he had as arriving at the lake as he was a young boy vs now as a father.
“Arriving was less exciting nowadays when you sneaked up in your car and parked it under a tree near the camp and took out the bags and in five minutes it was all over, no fuss, no loud wonderful fuss about