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What are some literary devices utilized in The Prince and the Pauper?

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There are multiple literary devices found in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

In the opening passage of the text, one can find imagery. Imagery is the use of descriptive language which allows the reader to create mental pictures based upon the descriptions provided by the author. In the opening passages, when the birth of Edward is celebrated, the text describes the feasts and festivals which accompanied it. During the day, there were festive parades and bright banners flown. At night, there were great bonfires lit around the city.

When the narrator is describing the differences between the Canty's and Tudor's homes, the word "hive" is used. This is a metaphor (which compares two typically dissimilar things, not using "like" or "as"). The busyness of each of the homes is identified as a hive (a place where bees live and very full of activity).

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An inimitable humorist, Mark Twain's first attempt at historical fiction contains several literary devices:

  • Symbolism

1.The Great Seal that Edward...

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