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Give examples of literary techniques used in chapters 17 through 25 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter 21 opens with a description of life of the raft with the two frauds that have beset the lives of Huck, Jim, and the communities along the river. Here we see two examples of literary devices in a sentence, figurative language and dialect (culturally specific terminology). 

"The king and the duke turned out by and by looking pretty rusty; but after they'd jumped overboard and took a swim it chippered them up a good deal."

The phrase "rusty" is an example of figurative language. Though the phrase is rather common and widely used, it is not literal, but figurative, comparing the motions of the men to motions of rusted machinery. 

The term "chippered" is a colloquialism that is not as widely used as "rusty". This term is more literal yet is also more locally defined, making it an example of dialectic expression.

As the King and the Duke practice their Shakespearean performance, the Duke uses a simile to help coach the King in his delivery of Juliet's lines: "...she doesn't bray like a jackass." 

More examples of simile, metaphor and colloquial langauge populate these chapters. "One-horse town" and "dangersome" are two more examples of colloquialism and dialectic expression. 


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