Sayers describes Wimsey’s bout with the maddening quality of the bells through alliteration, imagery, and similes in the first paragraph. “It rocked and reeled with the reeling of the bells,” line six, is an exmaple of alliteration. The repeating r’s conveys the sense of the swaying of the bells and the belfry. On line six, the belfry is described as being “drenched and drunken with noise.” This drunk quality conveys the intensity of the bells’ overwhelming effects, and the illusion that the belfry is swaying. To add to the drunk effect, a simile compares the tower to being “staggered like a drunken man,” on line seven. This line can be attributed to both the belfry and Wimsey, as he is affected by the noise of the clanging bells. These examples of alliteration, imagery, and simile contribute to the unhinging effect of the tower’s and its bells as Wimsey slowly comes one rung closer to the edge of madness.

A paragraph is somewhat akin to an essay, albeit a small one. The first sentence of a paragraph is the topic sentence. It states what the paragraph will be about, much like the thesis statement of an essay. The next sentences are details that support the topic sentence. In the case of an analysis of an excerpt, the sentences provide quotes as evidence, and an explanation for that quote. Additionally, an short intro is used to introduce the quote. The final sentence is relates back to the topic sentence, and may also be a segue to the next paragraph.