Literary Techniques In Maxine's Cherry Bomb

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In Maxine Maxine’s narrative, “Cherry Bomb”, it openly shows how she uses literary techniques of symbolism, imagery, and allusion to characterize her childhood innocence being destroyed. Maxine uses these literary terms to characterize her childhood memories being destroyed by an incident in the summer. In the narrative, she talks about how it affected her and her perception. She mentions people and objects in her story. Every detail she described was an important factor in her life. The combination of symbolism and imagery mentions her father. Maxine talks about her father being stationed in the “dot” in the pacific. This is an imagery for the actual island her father is stationed at. This can also be symbolized as Maxine’s youth and innocence.

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