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In To Kill a Mockingbird, chapters 26–27, what literary devices are used?

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In chapter 26, Lee uses the literary device of humor to talk about Atticus's re-election. This reinforces that we are seeing everything from the point of view of a child, who understands the world in her own way:

in spite of Atticus’s shortcomings as a parent, people were content to re-elect him to the state legislature that year.

Of course, we know that Atticus is an excellent parent and that the townspeople respect him, but Scout's depreciation of him prevents him from coming across as too perfect, which we as readers would likely resent.

This chapter also uses the literary device of voice in dialogue to excellent effect. First, Miss Gates, Scout's teacher, talks about Hitler as an evil dictator persecuting the Jews for no good reason, obviously missing the hypocrisy of condemning Hitler for his racism while ignoring what just happened in her own backyard with Tom Robinson. Her dialogue has a heavy ironic effect. Later, dialogue in terms of Jem 's angry response to Scout's questions about...

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