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What are some examples of literary devices (like hyperbole, alliteration, and personification) in Chapters 17-21 of To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM (Answer #1)

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ALLITERATION.  This literary device employs the use of similar sounds at the begining of a series of words. One of the best examples comes at the end of Mayella's testimony, when she angrily addresses the court.

"... --your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch--"  (Chapter 18)

The repeated "M" sounds represent the alliterative useage. The repeated "N" sounds could also be considered an example of consonance as well.

PERSONIFICATION.  During Atticus's summation, Scout describes her father's "gold collar button and the tips of his pen and pencil winking in the light." (Chapter 20)  The word "winking" gives the button, pen and pencil human characteristics.

HYPERBOLE.  A type of exaggeration used to convey a particular message, the author makes good use of it when Calpurnia threatens to "--skin every one of you alive" after discovering that the children had been watching the trial all day.  (Chapter 21)


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