Literary Device Q1 Week 4 - Simile - Anthony Barocio Ms....

Doc Preview
Pages 1
Total views 13
Anthony Barocio Ms. LaVallee AP English Lit. 23 August 2018 Literary Device Q1 Week 4 - Simile Simile:A useful device commonly found within literature that is used in order to make direct comparisons utilizing the words “like” or “as” (NOT the same as a metaphor). Example:“And Kumalo himself could not continue, for the words were like knives, cutting into a wound that was still new and open” (Cry, the Beloved Country, pg. 144). Function:Within the well-renowned story of “Cry, the Beloved Country,” Paton frequently uses similes in order to conduct the intended mood. In this instance, he happened to be comparing the very taxing words being spoken by Kumalo to a set of knives diving into an open wound. The heavy words being spoken told of the crime committed by Kumalo’s son, Absalom, who had murdered a white man. All this had been said to Absalom’s wife, who too felt as if she had been
Course Hero Badge

End of preview

Upload your study docs or become a member.
Unformatted text preview:stabbed by several knives. Moreover, Paton's periodical use of similes may initially have seemed to resemble just simple comparisons. However, they are the tiny parts of what truly makes this story a whole. Each simile employed by Paton insinuates emotion into the reader and is the substance that rightly maintains the audience's interest in the storyline. From moments of sadness and confusion to moments of joy and happiness, those reading could surely feel the very same emotions. All in all, every single comparison and connection (AKA simile) made between subjects heavily influenced Paton's novel. Who knew that such a simple, commonly used literary device could be the carrier and success of an author? Allan Paton surely did.