What are some literary devices used in this book????need answers really quickly.. also if some of you are going to tell me to do my own homework, save your breath...its not like im lazy and cant do...

What are some literary devices used in this book????

need answers really quickly.. also if some of you are going to tell me to do my own homework, save your breath...its not like im lazy and cant do it, i got a surgery and im tired.....thank you

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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If you look hard enough and dig deep into the analysis of the book, it is possible to find numerous examples of a variety of literary terms. Some of the ones you can find in Flowers for Algernon is imagery, allegory, and hyperbole. 

Imagery is the use of words by the writer in order to paint a picture in one's mind. This can also be sensory imagery as well. An example of imagery in this novel is on page 61: "Charlie stares at him, the smile melting from his face." The smile melting from his face is the example of imagery. 

The second example of a literary device is a hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggeration used to add emphasis to what the author is trying to express. The example of this is "the constant juxtaposition of "Algernon and Charlie" and "Charlie and Algernon" made it clear that they thought of both of us as a couple of experimental animals who had no existence outside the laboratory."

The third example of a literary term is allegory.  An allegory is symbolic. It is when any part of the novel, characters, setting, or events stand for something else.

An example of this is "I started in, past the stairs I had seen so often in my nightmares. I had often been pursued up that long, narrow staircase by demons who grabbed at my legs and pulled me down into the cellar below, while I tried to scream without a voice, straggling on my tongue and gagging in silence."

In this passage, Charlie is recognizing the demons that have been invading his thoughts. Though these demons are real to him, they represent something entirely than characters in a nightmare. 

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