What are the IMPORTANT literary devices in A Tale of Two Cities?
Find 21 literary devices for A Tale of Two cities
& explain how they connect to one theme
just tell me what chapter it is and what the paragraph starts with (if you can)
i really need an explaination on how it connects to theme
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similes: "dead as mutton" Book II, chapter 13, p. 187.
"Tall as a spectre" Book II, chapter 15, p. 201.
"plain as the sun" Book II, chapter XV, p. 208.
"Every green leaf, every blade of grass and blade of grain was as shrivelled and poor as the miserable people", book II, chapter 23, p. 277.
"Like the mariner in the old story" Book II, chapter 24, p. 297.
metaphors: "a crowd was a monster much dreaded"book II, chapter 13, p. 188. "
"That's a card not to be beaten. Have you followed my hand, Mr Barsad?" Book III, chapter 8, p.371.
personifications: "Bacchanalian flame" book II, chapter XII, .
Saint Antoine : when Saint Antoine was to execute this horrible idea..." book II, chapter 21, p. 268.
The Guillotine : "Such a barber" book III chapter 9, p. 385, "Little Sainte Guillotine...the great sharp female"book II, chapter 5, p. 342.
symbols: the"spilled wine". "the fountain". "lamposts"
"the golden thread" book II, chapter 21,p. 256
the knitting:"knitted in her own stitches and her own symbols"
allusions: The name Sydney derives from that of Algernon Sydney (1662-1683).
"tomorrow's victims... tomorrow's and tomorrow's": Macbeth, V.5.19.
Jezabel, the wicked queen of King Hahab (2 Kings 9).
imagery: Nature imagery: risings of fire and risings of sea... earth shaken... an angry ocean...tempest. Book II, chap. 24, p. 286.
Animal imagery: The Sheep of the Prisons, dogs ("you are such an insensible dog", book I, chapter 11? p. 166.
Mythology: the Furies and the Gorgon's head.
Light and darkness imagery:"all brought to into light from dark cellars..." Book III, chapter 5, p. 339.
foreshadowing: "the shadow of a large high-roofed house, and of many overhanging trees, was upon the Marquis by that time." Book I, chapter 8, p. 140. "So, the sunrise came and the shadows of the leaves of the plane-tree...", Book II, chapter 17, p. 232.
"There is a man who would give a life, to keep a life you love beside you."Book I, Chapter 13, p. 184.
"Mr Lorry... and miss Pross.. like accomplices of a horrible crime" foreshadows the murder of Madame defarges by Miss Pross.
The great number of personifications, notwithstanding other relevant stylistic devices, gives an allegorical dimension to the novel. It symbolizes the struggle between Vice and Virtue. The slaying of the dragon is first the sentincing to death of the Marquis and more generally, the aristocracy and then, of the Guillotine and the Reign of the Terror.
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