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by Zora Neale Hurston

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What stylistic devices are most prominent in the scene from chapter two, where Janie finds herself under a blossoming pear tree, and how does the author use them to achieve her purpose?

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One of the devices that Zora Neale Hurston uses in this passage is personification, which means endowing a nonhuman being or a thing with human attributes. In this case, the attribute is speech or song. The narrator says that the pear tree

had called her [Janie] to come and gaze on a mystery.

The tree and Janie's fascination with it are symbols of puberty, reproductive capacity, and sexual activity, as the tree is blossoming, and she has been drawn to it "ever since the first tiny bloom had opened." The symbolism is emphasized...

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