Homework Help

From A Christmas Carol, what literary devices are in this quote?This is the quote:...

user profile pic

user7767212 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM via web

dislike 1 like

From A Christmas Carol, what literary devices are in this quote?

This is the quote: "External heat and cold had little effect on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty"

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:29 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

This passage is from the exposition of A Christmas Carol as direct characterization is utilized by author Charles Dickens.  In the paragraph that precedes the quoted one, Dickens narrates that Scrooge is

...a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!

Then, to underscore how avaricious and insensitive to others Scrooge is, Dickens writes the passage that is quoted. Emphasis is placed on these lines by using parallelism; that is, the repetition of the structure of the first clause as in

No warmth could warm...

No wind that blew was bitterer

Then, there is personification in the next line as "Foul weather" is credited with the human capability of cognition:  "Foul weather didn't know ...."  Additionally, other elements are personified as they "could boast of the advantage over him...."  After this sentence there is metaphoric language: 

They often 'came down' handsomely, and Scrooge never did.

"Came down" is a metaphor for raining and sleeting, snowing, etc., while for Scrooge it figuratively means relenting.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes