Joe Turner's Come and Gone

by August Wilson

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What are at least two literary elements used in Joe Turner's Come and Gone (besides metaphor)?

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While the metaphor is easily found in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, other literary elements may be hard to find based upon the play format.

Another literary element found in the play is imagery. Imagery is

the forming of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things.

That being said, imagery is also found in text which appeals to the senses: sight, touch, taste, sound, and smell.

In the opening of the play, Bertha and Seth are discussing Bynum and the pigeons.

"Naw ... naw ... look at this. That pigeon flopped out of Bynum's hand and he about to have a fit."

"He down there on his hands and knees behind that bush looking all over for that pigeon and it on the other side of the yard."

One could easily create a mental picture of Bynum flopping around, behind bushes, looking for the pigeon. This mental picture is created through the playwright's use of imagery.

Another example of a literary element found on the play is alliteration. Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry or text.

It is in the following line that assonance appears:

"All that old mumbo jumbo nonsense."

The vowel sound of /o/ is repeated in the both "mumbo" and "jumbo."

At the same time, alliteration is seen in the same line. Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds within a line of poetry or text. The repetition of the /m/ sound in both mumbo and jumbo represent alliteration.

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