In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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What literary devices are found in the book "In the Time of the Butterflies"?

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The story In the Time of Butterflies is replete with imagery and various types of figurative language, as well as other literary devices. Most novels are filled with a number of different types of literary devices, and this one is no different.

There are examples throughout of figurative language, irony, allusion, foreshadowing, similes, metaphors, and much more. Irony is prevalent throughout the story as readers' narrative expectations are turned on their heads, such as when the normally pious and meek family decides to engage in revolutionary behavior in the midst of a quiet church.

The novel alludes frequently to works of scripture and biblical characters, such as Christ (the Lamb of God), Mary (the Merciful Mother), God the Father, and others.

Similes, metaphors, and other figurative language can be found in almost every chapter as the characters explore the setting around them and compare their revolution to other deadly revolts.

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