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Where is there a synecdoche in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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Synecdoche is a literary device in which a part represents a whole or a whole represents a part. See the link below for a webpage describing both kinds of synecdoche as well as their relationship to similar devices, like metonymy.

Though there are many interesting synecdoche examples from Wuthering Heights already listed, I found a couple more toward the middle of the novel. Here are two within the same sentence in chapter 11:

"No, I was told the curate should have his teeth dashed down his throat, if he stepped over the threshold . . . "

In the first part of the sentence, the curate's teeth stand for his entire body. The line is a threat of punishment meant to indicate that the curate may suffer bodily harm. The second part of the sentence uses the threshold to stand for the entire home. "Cross the threshold" is another way of saying "enter the home."

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A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which one part of an entity is made to stand for or represent the whole. For example, "he had a hand in...

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