Rhetorical Devices Used In Richard Matheson's I Am Legend

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In this brief excerpt from Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, a plethora of rhetorical devices are used in order to shape the atmosphere and characterize the situation and people Robert Neville encountered. Directly into the introduction to this writing, the author begins by implementing a simile in lines 1-2 to describe the disturbing movements of the menacing suited man’s throat portraying it as, “moving like clammy turkey skin.” This comparison establishes the peculiar man as sickly and definitely not in a normal state of mind. This characterization is further accuentuated as the author immediately continues to describe the odd man with intense features through the use of diction. The man exuding desperation and insanity is illustrated
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