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What are examples of metaphor, alliteration, characterization, dialogue, foreshadowing, irony, imagery, and onomatopoeia in The Outsiders?

Identify each literary device, please, for the book,The Outsiders.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 6, 2011 at 6:25 AM (Answer #1)

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IMAGERY.  The Ford Mustang is a repeated example of visual imagery in the novel. The car was a brand new model by Ford at the time the novel was being written, and its popularity as an affordable sports car was magnetic in the mid-1960s.

IRONY.  One example comes at the beginning of the rumble after Darry steps forward to "take on anyone." The Soc that accepts his challenge is Paul Holden, Darry's best friend from high school football days, and the two old friends square off to throw the first punches.

ONOMATOPOEIA.  In Chapter 3, the word "vroomed" is used to describe the sound of the Socs' Mustang speeding away.

ALLITERATION.  This literary device can be found in Robert Frost's poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." The line that illustrates this uses repeating "h" sounds throughout the line.

Her hardest hue to hold.

FORESHADOWING.  One example comes while the boys are hiding out at the church on Jay Mountain. Ponyboy narrates that

We were careful with our cigarettes--if that old church caught fire, there'd be no stopping it.

METAPHOR.  The Socs' madras shirts serve as a metaphor for the group, their wealth, and their dress style.

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