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In the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, what are some literary devices used in Chapter 2-5?

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Posted October 18, 2012 at 4:16 AM via web

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In the book Anthem by Ayn Rand, what are some literary devices used in Chapter 2-5?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM (Answer #1)

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Ayn Rand uses many similes and metaphors in Anthem. One example of a simile in chapter two says, "Women work in the fields, and their white tunics in the wind are like the wings of sea-gulls beating over the black soil" (38). Another figure of speech used is personification: "Darkness swallowed us" (59). Rand also writes the story in third-person to magnify the loss of the word "I"--a concept that the main character unknowingly seeks throughout the entire novel. By using third-person Rand creates a mood of collectivism without individualism which is important to the meaning behind her philosophy. Another technique used in the telling of the story is the fact that it is written in journal form which adds to the unique individuality and intellectualism reflected by the main character Equality.

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