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What literary devices are used in John Steinbeck's book, The Grapes of Wrath?

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The list of literary devices used in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a long one, but here are just a few examples.

Literary devices are forms of figurative language, also known as figures of speech. They are not to be taken literally: these statements are descriptive in nature, making what is being discussed or described more vivid in the reader's mind.

For example, there is the simile. This literary device compares two dissimilar things as if they were the same. They are, in fact, not the same, but they do share similar characteristics, and "like" or "as" is used. "She's like the wind" compares "she" to "wind." It does not mean that when she is around trees, trashcans and power lines are knocked down, or that she can lift a kite in the air. More likely it means that she is a free spirit and cannot be contained or controlled, anymore than the wind. 

In this example from the novel, several devices are used:

The Bank--or the Company—needs—wants—insists—must have—as though the Bank or the...

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