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literary devicesThe Black Cat by Poe--"no sooner had the reverberation of blows sunk...

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casarnold | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2009 at 1:12 PM via web

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The Black Cat by Poe--"no sooner had the reverberation of blows sunk into silence, than I was answered by a voice from within the tomb."    What literary device is evident in this line?

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM (Answer #2)

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One literary device that is immediately evident is alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds. In this case, the alliterative words are "sooner," "sunk," and "silence"; both words begin with the letter "s," creating a specific form of alliteration called sibilance (repetition of the "s" sound). Sibilance is evident also within the words "answered" and "voice."

Another device that appears is assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds. The long “u” sound in “sooner” repeats in “tomb.” The long “o” sound in “blows” repeats in “voice.”

 

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casarnold | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2009 at 4:53 PM (Answer #3)

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One literary device that is immediately evident is alliteration, the repetition of initial consonant sounds. In this case, the alliterative words are "sooner," "sunk," and "silence"; both words begin with the letter "s," creating a specific form of alliteration called sibilance (repetition of the "s" sound). Sibilance is evident also within the words "answered" and "voice."

Another device that appears is assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds. The long “u” sound in “sooner” repeats in “tomb.” The long “o” sound in “blows” repeats in “voice.”

 

  Would you think this is the climax of the story or foreshadowing or personification?

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:36 PM (Answer #4)

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The event described in this line is foreshadowing the police's discovery of the wife's body inside the cellar wall with the cat sitting on the body. The discovery itself is the climax of the short story.

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horsegirl771 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM (Answer #5)

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