In "Harrison Bergeron," how does the author use parallel structure for effect in paragraphs 51 and 53?

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First, let's look at parallel structure. Parallel structure is a literary device that uses patterns of words or phrases in order to show equal importance or give equal emphasis to multiple parts of a story.

You can use parallel structure by repeating single, similar words, as Vonnegut does in writing: for example, "crippled, hobbled, sickened". These similar-sounding words create a rhythm for the story and also add emphasis to each word as it is repeated.

There is also parallelism in saying: "Harrison tore the straps," "Harrison thrust his thumbs," and then "Harrison smashed his headphones."

In this case, there is repetition of the subject and verb. Saying Harrison tore,...

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