Through out both pieces Selzer and Doyle use diction and imagery to convey their ideas. In Selzer’s piece he uses very graphic diction that is both both literal and metaphorical to conveys his feelings on the similarity of the roles of the surgeon and a priest. The diction that Selzer uses can very between literal and metaphorical. In this piece Selzer uses very literal and often crude diction when he is describing something relation to surgery, such as “Joe’s hole was as big as his mouth. You could have dropped a plum in it.” Selzer switches to more elevated words to address something spiritual, such as “O bury my heart there.” This use of diction separates the topics surgery and religion. Selzer creates visual parallel to connect the very scientific nature of surgery to the spirituality of religion.