A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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What are some examples of literary devices (such as allusion, pun, imagery, oxymoron, onomatopoeia, and idiom) of A Christmas Carol Stave 3?

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Dickens uses many techniques, including idioms, hyperbole, and imagery.

Figurative language is used throughout A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  It is language not meant to be taken literally.  This helps to make the book more enjoyable by creating pictures in the reader’s mind.  Dickens makes use of many different types of literary devices, which are tools an author uses to add color to the work. 

One such literary device is an idiom, which is a type of figurative language.  It is a saying that has been used by a culture over and over again until it becomes common knowledge.  Here is an example of an idiom.

He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right nick of time, for the especial purpose of holding a conference with the second messenger despatched to him through Jacob Marley's intervention. (Ch. 3)

You are probably more familiar with the phrase “in the nick of time,” but it is the same thing.  It’s an idiom that means just at the right time, or before it is too late. Scrooge means that he work up just in time to meet the ghost.

Hyperbole is a literary device where the author exaggerates, usually for humor.  There is a great example of this here.

Without venturing for Scrooge quite as hardily as this, I don't mind calling on you to believe that he was ready for a good broad field of strange appearances, and that nothing between a baby and a rhinoceros would have astonished him very much. (Ch. 3)

The point is that Scrooge is so nervous, and has had so many surprises tonight, that...

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