What are some literary devices in Twelfth Night Act 3?
A literary device is any technique used by a writer to produce an effect. As such, it's a fairly broad umbrella term; particular structures, such as the iambic pentameter Shakespeare uses across his body of work, are types of literary device. Shakespeare's plays are written in a combination of free verse, rhyming verse, and prose. When a character speaks in verse, it generally denotes that they are upper class; certainly, when a scene shifts between prose and verse, it draws attention to the lines.
"This fellow is wise enough to play the fool..."
This section is highlighted in that Shakespeare diverges into verse with a defined rhythm, and Viola's conclusion uses the device of rhyme to show finality and emphasis:
"For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit."
We know, then, that this comment from Viola is of significance in...
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