How is figurative language used in ''The Devoted Friend'' by Oscar Wilde?
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"The Devoted Friend" by Oscar Wilde is a short story whose main idea is the exposure of the double standards of what is thought to be as the proper, righteous, and polite society of Victorian London.
Therefore, irony would be the first technique as well as the personification of the marsh animals who are taking part of the story and tell each other the tale of the miller and Hans.
The nested story is also figurative. The animals tell a story within their own story.
Epigrams and aphorisms are rampant in every work of Oscariana and is evident in the juxtaposition of ideas such as the idea that having a moral in a story is a negative thing, and how (even though the moral of the story was clear) nobody seemed to care to recognize it.
That is what reinforces Wilde's use of irony in his tales, and how he wants to expose society for what it is.
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