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What are some literary devices in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 23-24?

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Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM via web

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What are some literary devices in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 23-24?

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

Posted April 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM (Answer #1)

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As in many of the chapters of the novel, dialect is used throughout this section of the novel. 

Colloquial language is used as well in the form of figures of speech and specialized, local terminology. An example of the use of figures of speech comes in Chapter XXIII when Huck narrates: 

Them rapscallions too in four hundred and sixty-five dollars in that three nights. I never seen money hauled in by the wagon-load like that before. 

This particular use of colloquial language also qualifies as hyperbole (overstatement for effect). 

Figurative language (metaphor) is used as well in this section of the novel. Huck describes the king's interrogation of a young man, writing that the king "fairly emptied out that young fellow". The young man was not, of course, literally emptied out. Figuratively, however, he was wrung dry of information.

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