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Literary Devices 2

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Ellen Cavanaugh

on 25 July 2013

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Transcript of Literary Devices 2

Literary Devices
What is the purpose of signs/symbols/logos?
What is a symbol?
An object that represents itself and an idea.
Authors use symbols as shortcuts to send implicit (hidden) messages (themes) to readers.

They assume that readers can make meaning on their own.
What does the blackbird symbolize? What message (theme) is McCartney trying to convey through this symbol?
Description that engages the senses to create mental pictures/images in the readers' mind.
Authors will also often use figurative language to create sensory images (imagery):

What is imagery?
The stew doesn’t taste bad, but there’s a certain sliminess that’s hard to get around. Like you have to swallow every bite three times before it really goes down.
…the second knife catches me in the forehead. It slices above my right eyebrow, opening a gash that sends a gush running down my face, blinding my eye, filling my mouth with the sharp, metallic taste of my own blood.
How can an author help readers create mental images?
While listening to the song, identify specific lyrics that help you to create mental images.

Which of your senses does this song engage?
Does the singer use figurative language?
“Look what I shot.” Gale holds up a loaf of bread with an arrow stuck in it, and I laugh. I take it in my hands, pull out the arrow, and hold the puncture in the crust to my nose, inhaling the fragrance that makes my mouth flood with saliva. Fine bread like this is for special occasions.

“Mm, still warm,” I say.
Why would the author want to incorporate imagery?
To make readers feel as though they are in the story. To get them more interested in the plot.
By triggering the five senses
2) Smell
3) Taste
Tumbling through the ocean water after being overtaken by the monstrous wave, Mark unintentionally took a gulp of the briny, bitter mass, causing him to cough and gag.
Peter's socks, still soaked with sweat from Tuesday's P.E. class, filled the classroom with an aroma akin to that of salty, week-old, rotting fish.
Paola's eyes were endless pools of beauty.
1) See
5) Hear
4) Touch
The clay oozed between Jeremy's fingers as he let out a squeal of pure glee.
machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms.
He tosses a berry in a high arc toward me. I catch it in my mouth and break the delicate skin with my teeth. The sweet tartness explodes across my tongue.
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