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Literary Devices in Animal farm

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rachel abercrombie

on 17 May 2013

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Transcript of Literary Devices in Animal farm

Characterization To understand the characters and who they potentially represent is to understand Orwell’s novel.

Allegory An allegory is a piece of writing that has two meanings – one is obvious or literal, the other a deeper comment. Literary Devices Definitions Foreshadowing The presentation of details, characters, or incidents in a narrative in such a way that later events are prepared for (or "shadowed forth"). Imagery Personification, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, paradox (a contradictory statement e.g. “war is peace”) Motifs Recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes. Examples: Songs and rituals (like marching). Animal Farm Satire Used to expose unattractive human traits or behaviour, such as pride, greed or abuse, and it does this by evoking amuse¬ment, scorn or contempt in the reader through ridicule and sarcasm. Style Symbols Objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Symbolism The use of symbols. Themes The fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Does the writer describe people and places in an interesting way? Are people and events true to life? Comment on the use of language, the choice of words. Is direct speech used? Is the novel first person or third person? Is the writing in past or present tense? These are all elements of Style.
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