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Give examples of literary techniques used in chapters 26 through 33 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Literary techniques include color imagery, alliteraton, simile, figurative language, dialect, etc.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 32, Huck feels that he is close to being caught in a lie with Mrs. Phelps. He vividly characterizes his situation with a metaphor

"Well, I see I was up a stump - and up it good."

The metaphor is also an allusion to a common term, the colloquialism "up a tree". His turn of phrase is a play on that common term suggesting that his tree is not tall enough to offer any protection. He is sure to be caught. 

Hyperbole is also used in this section of the novel. When Huck discovers that the Phelps family believes him to be Tom Sawyer, Huck says, "By jings, I most slumped through the floor!" This is also an example of figurative language used to express a rather extreme emotional moment.

Examples of dialect appear throughout this section of the novel as well with examples of phonetic usages like "dasn't" and "deffisit" emphasizing the particular pronunciations of certain words and phrases.


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