What literary devices are found in chapter 20 of To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Lee uses the literary device of in media res—starting in the middle of the action—twice in this chapter. The chapter opens where the last one left off, in the middle of Dolphus Raymond speaking to the children. Later, the children will enter the courtroom in media res—in the middle of the action of Atticus addressing the jury with his closing argument. This heightens the drama and keeps the reader from getting bored.

The chapter also uses dialogue and dialect, opening with Dolphus saying,

Come on round here, son, I got something that’ll settle your stomach.

"Son," is an example of dialect, and Lee will continue to use dialect throughout the dialogues in this chapter to capture the cadences and color of Southern speech with words such as "ain't" and "gonna." This use of dialect adds to the realism of the scenes she depicts.

Dolphus uses alliteration in the repeated "s" sounds of "son," "something," "settle," and "stomach."

As she often does, Lee uses irony:in this case, having Scout respond to...

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