Pathetic Fallacy: Exercise 1

Pathetic fallacy is when the landscape or setting in a story mimics a character's emotions. In this writing exercise, a significant event has just happened in a character's life, and I am going to try to convey the event solely by describing a landscape through their eyes. At the end, I'll tell you what the event and emotion was.

Location: the beach.

The sunlight skipped off the tops of the waves like a stone of warm, bright light thrown by a child, as the waves broke onto the shore, tumbling over themselves in their own excitement and giddiness. Far off in the distance, seagulls floated on aquamarine water, bobbing up and down like white balloons on a string held by a mermaid, perhaps, far beneath the light-permeated waters. Awash in color, parasols and umbrellas had been popping up on the beach throughout the day, a Garden of Eden on the normally barren sand, flourishing with flowers of red and white stripes, rainbow spirals, lime green, delicate pinks and blues, and even a modest butter-yellow.

Which one are they? I think to myself, scanning the dotted sand, watching kites playfully tag each other in the sky. I was looking for my family, my mother, father, and younger sister. I was in town for the weekend on business, and we planned on meeting at the beach on Sunday, today; an old summer tradition. Would they be sitting under that pink one? Or maybe the blue? Eventually, I found them underneath a pale blue umbrella. We embraced and greeted each other, then I settled myself in the shade. The beach curved off to the right and the left of me, a wide grin, and the sun above, a winking eye.

Event: Character found out she is pregnant, is at the beach to tell her family.

Emotion: Happy and excited.

The End

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