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Parallel Structure In Nathaniel Hawthorne's Secrets Of The Tomb

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Repetition is essential for the average human brain to retain or notice something. Educators appeal to this criteria through first teaching students, then reviewing material, quizzing, and eventually ensuring the students are prepared for a final assessment on the given material. Similarly, authors use repetition through literary techniques to grasp the attention of the readers and to enhance their understanding of the author’s meaning. Fortunately, Alexandra Robbins and Nathaniel Hawthorne utilize parallel prepositions in a series, as well as the climactic conclusion effect of polysyndeton to convey a meaning within the given passages from their novels. Alexandra Robbins utilizes parallel structure in Secrets of the Tomb to exaggerate the “paradox” brought about by the “pins” (1). The word “if” is repeated five times throughout the passage. The first four repetitions of “if”…show more content…
Similar to Secrets of the Tomb, Hawthorne uses the word “if” five times. The first four uses of the word are used as a criteria for a physician worthy of being avoided. Because this section the passage is partially unpremeditated multiplicity, it is not necessary for these “if”s to be in a specific order, but the fifth one must be placed last. This is because of the climactic conclusion of the polysyndetic list. The final “if” is imperative because it establishes a “check yes or no” criteria for the physician’s characteristics. In essence, it is conveying that if the first four “if”s are true, then any man who is burdened with a secret must avoid the physician. It is necessary for Hawthorne to focus his reader’s attention on this criteria because it contributes the an important relationship conflict between two main characters in his novel: Roger Chillingworth and Reverend
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