What is an example of a literary device in the passage about Maycomb in Chapter One of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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An example of a literary device in the passage describing Maycomb is personification.

In this description, Lee uses personification to help us see the town as more than a collection of streets and buildings.

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. (ch 1, p. 6)

By describing Maycomb as “tired,” Lee uses personification, which is when an author uses human-like qualities to describe something that is not actually human.  Personification is a type of figurative language.

It is often said that Maycomb is just as much a character in the story as any of the people.  Besides being the setting, the town itself seems to live and breathe and think.  In fact, Maycomb is often referred to in this way, making up the ideas of all of the people in the town.


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