What are 5-7 literary devices in Frankenstein, Chapter 2? Analyze why Shelley might have used them and what effect it has upon the reader.

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1. Consonance: Consonance refers to any kind of sound similarity among a set of words. In the following lines, we can trace a multitude of "s" sounds, some at the beginnings of words, some at ends. The line describes Elizabeth: "Her sympathy was ours; her smile, her soft voice, the sweet glance of her celestial eyes, were ever there to bless and animate us. She was the living spirit of love to soften and attract; I might have become sullen in my study . . . but that she was there to subdue me to a semblance of her own gentleness." Elizabeth is described as gentle, even as a "spirit" and the soft repetition of the sibilant "s" seems to translate, into sound, her almost ethereal being.

2. Simile: Victor compares the "birth of that passion which afterward ruled [his] destiny" to being "like a mountain river, from ignoble and almost forgotten sources; but, swelling as it proceeded, it became the torrent which, in its course, has swept away all [his] hopes and joys." Here, Victor's simile makes it seem as...

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