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What are some literary devices used in chapter 16? I just need a few examples to help...

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kykyky07 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM via web

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What are some literary devices used in chapter 16?

I just need a few examples to help me through this. The chapter can be read in bumpandpunch.tumblr.com

I mean literarydevices such as
•a stylistic choice of words or expression – for tone, mood or poetic effect;
•an explanation of a significant symbol or metaphor;
•the exploration of an important theme or aspect of characterisation
•links to important elements of the narrative elsewhere in the novel


or it can be background information on aspects of
•historical or cultural setting
•biographical interest from the author’s life
•relevant links to other novels, films or ‘real life’

 

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter 16 starts with Atticus and the  family at the breakfast table after a difficult night of trying to protect Tom from an angry white mob at the Maycomb jail.

At one point, Atticus says

"That proves something--that a gang of wild animals can be stopped. Simply because they're still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children . . . you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute."

This quotation uses the literary device of figurative language, in this case the metaphor. The first metaphor is the line "a gang of wild animals." Atticus is not referring to actual animals here, but rather the mob of citizens who have come to lynch Tom Robinson. He makes the metaphor to emphasize that, as a mob, they are unthinking, irrational, and fully in control of their own behavior.

He also says that his children (who, in a sense, rescued Atticus from the mob the night before) "made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes." This is also a metaphor. The point of the metaphor is that Cunningham was made to look at things from Atticus' point of view (hence, "stand in my shoes"). This line also reminds the reader of something that Atticus said earlier in the story "You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes." This sort of repetition of key metaphors helps develop the story and keep it all tied together thematically.

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