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carlathelus | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:39 AM via web

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How do literary devices effect the story?

I've asked this question before even thou the answers were somewhat helpful I still dont understand the analysis in my homework the analysis starts like this: THE TONE(feeling) BY THE DEVICE IS ______________. THE EFFECT OF THE DEVICE CREATES A SENSE OF____________________________________________________

________________________.  and im trying to find out how to feel in the blanks it would be very helpful if someone gave me a n example i know the literary devices i just forgot how to do the analysis.


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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted July 8, 2010 at 5:15 AM (Answer #1)

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I'm sure by now you are clear on the symbolism behind the title To Kill A Mockingbird.  In one of the most famous passages of the novel, Atticus and Scout discuss shooting blue jays, and Atticus reminds Scout of the seriousness of shooting other birds, specifically the mockingbird:

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Basically, it appears as though your instructor is giving you a "skeleton" to follow to assist you in articulating what Harper Lee uses in her writing, specifically, and its function in the text (or the effect of the device).  So, let's use the symbolism of the mockingbird as an example to get you started.

The tone created by the symbol of the mockingbird is lyrical yet forboding. The effect of this metaphor, comparing the innocent and peaceful mockingbird to victims of prejudice in the novel, creates a sense of warning and tolerance.

Keep in mind that  literary devices can take many forms: personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, allusion, and the list goes on.

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