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Literary Devices in A thousand splendid suns

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emily dawson

on 22 August 2013

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Transcript of Literary Devices in A thousand splendid suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Summer Reading
Literary Devices
1. Foreshadowing- "I'll die if you go, I'll just die." -page 36

This is an example of foreshadowing because later in the book Nana commits suicide. She does this because she thinks Mariam leaves her forever when she is really just going to talk to her father.
simile: "Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman." -pg 7
This is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison using like or as, and in this context they are comparing how men blame women for everything.
simile: "Mariam kissed Mullah Faizullahs hand-which felt like kissing a set of twigs covered with a thin layer of skin." -pg 16
This is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison of two things using like or as. Mariam is comparing Mullah's hand to twigs because it is rough and spikey.

Irony: "She felt prized by his protectiveness. Treasured and significant." -pg 74
I find this to be an example of irony. I think this because Mariam feels to protected and prized, when in reality, Rasheed in the end is going to be abusive.
alliteration: "...Mariam found herself looking forward to the sound of Lalia's cracked slippers slapping the steps as she came down for breakfast...." -pg 251
This is an example of alliteration. it is an example of alliteration because the "S" sound repeats itself.
irony: "and you didnt lie to me? Rasheed roared. You think i didnt figure it out? about your harmami? You take me for a fool, you whore?" -pg 300
This is an example of irony. This is irony because at the begining of the story when Mariam and Rasheed were having sex, he said this is what married people do. But do married people abuse each other and call each other mean names?
simile: "It's like someone jamming a screwdriver into my ear." -pg 212
This is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison using like or as. In this simile, Rasheed is comparing a babys crying in his ears, to jamming a screwdriver in his ears.
Simile: "Noor said her eyes were like gemstones." -pg 93
This is an example of a simile. In this simile Noor is comparing someones eyes to gemstones.
Onomatopoeia: "Laila put her ear over Aziza's mouth, dreading each time that she would not hear the shallow whooshing of breath" -pg 242
This is an example of Onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia words are sound words. In this example the onomatopoeia or sound word is whoosing.
Personification: "She became intensely aware of her heart thrumping, of the blood thudding in her ears...betray her thoughts" -pg 141
Personification is an giving life to an inanimate object. In this example of personification the authour is giving life to a hear.
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