I Ll Give You The Sun Literary Devices

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In the fictional novel I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, the authors writing style contains unique uses of irony, point of view, diction/dialect, and symbolism not only to draw the readers in, but to make them feel a sort of familiarity with the characters by using certain literary devices in specifically intricate places. The novel is about a set of twins, Noah and Jude, who have a paranormal-like connection with each other. Throughout the book, however, it is quite evident that as the twins face growing up and their steadily changing family, they not only lose touch with each other, but also with their true selves. Nelson’s use of irony in her novel is undeniably what tied the story together; seemingly each character new something nobody …show more content…

Nelson achieves this by having repeated words or phrases for her characters. One example of this is Noah’s use of the word “supremely”; Noah often uses this word to describe the looks of his boy-next-door crush Brian, or when looking at/creating art. Another example is Jude’s coined phrase “No offense, but…”. It is first used in the book when her broken art, which she blames on the wrath on her dead mother, is being judged by peers; most of which stay silent, but one of the student judges speaks up and starts off with “No offense, but…”. This irked Jude to no end, so as a result she continues to mock the phrase throughout the rest of the novel. A final use of this literary technique is the dialect Guillermo Garcia is portrayed as having. Garcia (Judes sculpting instructor, Dianna’s secret lover, Noah’s enemy, and repeatedly known as the artist that made the walls fall down) has a thick Colombian accent that makes speaking in English difficult for him; basic sentences are hard for him to form and he even struggles to pronounce certain words. Having a character who struggles like this causes the reader to feel sympathy for him, and therefore can evoke a strong emotional

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