Did you know that authors use many different literary devices to tell a story? A literary device is a technique writers use to make their stories unique and interesting. Literary devices like simile, metaphor, suspense, personification, allusion, irony, foreshadowing, and imagery are used in lots of stories. In the short story ¨The Most Dangerous Game”, Richard Connell uses literary devices such as suspense and simile to help the reader gain a clear understanding of the story. In this essay, I will provide two examples of literary devices used throughout Richard Connell’s short story.
The Fallacies of American Idealism A significant work of modernism and surrealism, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has received a myriad of literary criticisms and contrasting analyses. Illustrating the story of Jay Gatsby, Fitzgerald becomes a literary architect as he designs the complex characteristics withheld by this protagonist. Developing as the story moves forward, Gatsby’s demeanor and personality establish imperative roles as they portray the character’s pathological narcissism and classic romantic undertones while exemplifying delusions of American ideals. Introduced to the reader by the narrator named Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby is described as having a mysteriously inherited opulence, invoking rumor among his innumerable guests. This
In stories both fiction and nonfiction, the author’s choice in the structure of the said story can greatly affect the meaning given to it, as well as the reader’s response to the story. In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, Poe uses chronological order as well as metaphors and allegory to create a particular feel. Similarly, in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, the author uses different structure - beginning with the end, then going more chronologically - to create a different feeling. Both stories would be completely different if it were not for the methods the authors chose to use for their stories’ structure. In The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the author uses allegory, metaphorical speech, and chronological order to create the desired feeling in the text.
The novel, In Cold Blood, is an anomaly in the literary paradigm. The author, Truman Capote, designed his novel in a way that made it unique when compared to others. His fundamental purpose was to present the problem of American violence and the fragility of the American Dream and how it can be so easily shattered. In order to portray his purpose, he used many rhetorical devices including syntax, diction, tone, ethos, logos and pathos. These devices allowed Capote’s novel to be different from the spectrum of other non-fiction novels and to support his purpose.
According to Maria Semple, a contemporary American novelist and screenwriter, “There 's something uniquely exhilarating about puzzling together the truth at the hands of an unreliable narrator.” As Semple explains with this quote, novels often times utilize unreliable narrators as a means of pressing forth thematic depth while grasping at an interaction between the audience and the author. Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize unreliable narrators in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators. Furthermore, we can
There are several evident distinguishments between Frederick Douglass’s The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Douglass’s narrative is an autobiography while Chopin’s novel, on the other hand, is classified by realistic fiction. Both incorporate intricate structural, technical, and rhetorical choices in order to effectively convey a struggle against society. However, attributed to their different literary genres and subjects, they hold significantly more differences concerning how these stylistic aspects affect the portrayal of the story. It is essential to recognize how neither text is superior in terms of the effectiveness of the author’s choices in conveying a message; rather, the methodologies used
The current literary criticism surrounding E. L. Doctorow’s compendium of literary genius ranges from discussing Doctorow 's ability to mix the historical with fiction resulting in a concoction that reveals truths one might not have previously been able to discern, and to the explication of his works by looking into the growth of the characters in his novels both psychologically and morally and what it might mean on a grander scale. In Minako Baba’s “The Young Gangster As a Mythic American Hero: E. L. Doctorow’s Billy Bathgate” he analyzes the novel of Billy Bathgate and examines the character of Billy’s growth over the period of the story. This allows for Baba to argue, that based on the growth, both psychologically and morally of the character,
In Cold Blood changed the way journalists reported by turning reality into some form of fiction through showing journalists the possibility of using creative writing techniques while still holding to the guidelines of journalism. In the book, Capote created a grey area between reality and fiction, not including his claims of everything he said happened being accurate. His additions included from distorted quoting the people he interview to make a blend of
Literary Analysis Questions: How does the title relate to the short story? Explain the meaning of the title. Do you think there could be another more suitable title for this short story? The title to the short story is “The Black Eye of the Month Club”. The essence of the title is how the “I” person is treated.