What are some literary devices Lillian Hellman used in her novel An Unfinished Woman (page number and lit term provided would be nice please)?I could only find a few lit terms she used and can't...

What are some literary devices Lillian Hellman used in her novel An Unfinished Woman (page number and lit term provided would be nice please)?

I could only find a few lit terms she used and can't seem to find anymore.

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Lillian Hellman uses many different literary devices in her novel An Unfinished Woman. Below are the page numbers, definition of the literary term, and the example from the text.

Characterization

Characterization is the use of an author's descriptions in order to provide an image of the character for the reader.

On the first page of the actual text of the novel (page 3), the narrator describes Sophie Newhouse (the narrator's grandmother). She is described in the following way:

The silent, powerful, severe woman, Sophie Newhouse, who was their mother, my grandmother. Her children, her servants, all of her relatives except her brother Jake were all frightened of her, and so was I.

Repetition

Repetition is when a word appears again and again for effect or to provide emphasis.

Repetition can be found on page four. Here, the narrator is recalling Sunday dinners with her extended family. When speaking about the conversations between great aunts and uncles, the questions passed around with "open ill" about who had the most money, who had spent money too lavishly, who would inherit what, and who was a "jewel" to whom.

Allusion

Allusion is a reference made to a condition, an event, or a person that is assumed to be known by the reader. Allusions are meant

to bring a world of experience outside the limitations of a statement to the reader.

On page six, the narrator makes a reference to Freud. While some readers may know Freud as a famous psychologist, others may not. The importance of the allusion lies in the fact that the narrator is speaking about Freud's study in the human psyche. Readers unaware of Freud's ideologies will not be aware of the allusion and may lose the importance of the narrator's statement.

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