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What literary devices does Bill Bryson use in A Walk in the Woods?

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Bill Bryson is a truly gifted writer, deftly melding facts with wit to expose humorous aspects of the human condition and the world around us.

Therefore, the main literary device employed by Bryson throughout all his work is satire, and A Walk in the Woods is no exception. In A Walk in the Woods, he chronicles hiking the Appalachian Trail with his friend Katz in tow. Neither is really fit or prepared to make the journey, which provides hilarious satirical passages.

He also uses flashbacks to brief the reader on his relationship with his wife and Katz, which gives perspective as to why he is making the trip in the first place and why his connection with his wife is so strong and his bond with Katz is often contentious.

Throughout the book, he touches on his intense fear of meeting a bear or two along the trial, employing foreshadowing as a device to build up to the chapter where he nervously sits in his dark tent one night while bears sniff around his camp.

Lastly, his vivid descriptions of the...

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