Figurative Language In The Storyteller

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In “The Storyteller” Saki uses figurative language and the tone of one of the characters to create a powerful voice. In “The Storyteller,” an Aunt is telling a story, to the children she is watching, about being good, but a bachelor on the train disagrees with how her story ends and he is challenged to tell his own story. When the bachelor is telling his story about being good he states, “She kept her clothes clean, learned her lessons perfectly, and had beautiful manners. In fact, she was horribly good”(100). The two words “horribly good” create a contrast against one another and the phrase is an example of an oxymoron. The phrase leaves a negative connotation with the word “good” and it’s unusual because when thinking of the word, “good”…show more content…
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