Debra Marquart's The Horizontal World

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The Horizontal World is a memoir of Debra Marquart and her time growing up in North Dakota. She describes the area in a way that can only be told by someone who has lived there many years. This isn’t possible with using wording that some “Average Joe” might use. Instead, she uses many literary strategies to try and describe this place so close to her heart. The first manner in which Debra describes the Plains using literary devices is using many related adjectives as well as comparisons. In the first paragraph, she describes driving west on I-94 through Fargo, North Dakota. It’s described as “lonely, treeless, and devoid of curves”, so as to illustrate how bare the land really is. Then she compares driving through the area to holding a long

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