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What are some examples of alliteration in chapter five of The Pearl by John Steinbeck?

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Alliteration is the repetition of two or more consonant sounds at the beginning of words in the same sentence, and it generally serves to enhance meaning or add emphasis to important words or ideas. It is generally used in poetry, but it can also be used in prose, of course.

Chapter five of The Pearl by John Steinbeck begins with an awful scene between Juana and Kino. She has stolen the pearl and they are about to physically fight over it. In the...

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According the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Alliteration means

al·lit·er·a·tion

noun \ə-ˌli-tə-ˈrā-shən\

: the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook )

In Chapter 5, theses are a few alliterations from the book "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck.

Greedy fingers went through his clothes,frantic fingers searched him, and the pearl, knocked from his hand,lay winking behind a little stone in the pathway. 

The roosters were crowing and the dawn was not far off. Smoke of the first fires seeped out through the walls of the brush houses, and the first smell of cooking corn cakes was in the air.  

Crouching in the house of Juan Tomas, they heard the shock go into their neighbors' minds at the news of the broken boat. 

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