In "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote, what are examples of personification, simile, imagery, sensory imagery, and symbolism?

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Truman Capote employs a wide variety of literary devices throughout the essay. He combines these devices into a vivid narrative that has the kind of detail that is characteristic of important memories.

Personification means giving human attributes to inanimate objects. Capote uses personification in describing the music from the old record player or gramophone as “the Victrola wails.”

A simile is a comparison between unlike things for purposes of effect, using “like” or “as.” Capote uses a simile to describe the old and decrepit appearance of baby carriage they push around, saying its “wheels wobble like a drunkard's legs.” Another simile is used in describing the bills that are stored in their Fruitcake Fund: “Dollar bills, tightly rolled and green as May buds.”

Imagery involves descriptive language that helps create an impression, often of a character or place. Most imagery relies on the senses. Capote uses sensory imagery in describing and narrating the process of making...

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