What are the literary devices used in Chinua's civil peace?

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brandih eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are a few:

Dialogue: Achebe uses dialogue with great discretion in "Civil Peace." In the early sections of the story, only two phrases of dialogue are presented, both of which support Jonathan's optimism: "Happy survival!" and "Nothing puzzles God."

Drama: In Chinua Achebe, C. L. Innes suggested, "The second half of this story, the account of the robbery, suggests that Achebe might well if he so wished, prove a dramatist."

Dialect: The verbal exchange also starkly contrasts the broken English spoken by the thieves and the proper English spoken by Jonathan.

Point of View: The story is told from the third-person point of view. All the events in the story are filtered through Jonathan's eyes and thoughts. Because of this point of view, the reader is better able to comprehend the unfailing optimism with which Jonathan regards the world and his circumstances.

revolution | Student

They have used imagery to form mental images in the reader's head, using languages to expressed some particular person, action or object involved in the action. They also uses metaphors, an implied analogy to the person's mind, making a comparison to other people, and also to twist the meaning of the word. Also, the story is expressed clearly in a third-person point of view, which means that the events are clearly depicted by Jonathan's eyes and thoughts, and he doesn't have any direct participation with the matter at hand.