What is the literary device in Old Jacob's quote, "My father reckoned there was a lot less trouble with mutants on account of it, and when there were any, they were burnt, like other deviations" in The Chrysalis?
The literary device used in this line is dialect. Dialect is a special way of talking according to a group. It is very important in science fiction because using different words helps establish the uniqueness of the setting.
In this case, the words “reckon,” “mutant,” “deviations” and “burnt” all have particular meaning. We use them all, but except in the case of the first one they have special meaning in the book.
In our world, “reckon” is a word usually used by less educated people. The other words are The Chrysalis’s special indicators for people they consider out of the ordinary and dangerous and what they do with them.
This line refers to how the society they take care of anyone who is different by forcing them out. The “mutants were kept under, and the Purity standards set up.”
It was by honouring the law, and punishing anybody who transgressed it so that they knew they were punished. (ch 9)
Apparently they prevented deviations by burning anyone who was a deviant, or different.