Literary Devices Examples

Literary Devices Examples

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Literary term Example in Literature
anecdote major purposes are to stir up laughter, to disclose a truth in a general way, or to describe a feature of a character in such a way that it becomes humorous and at the same time gives us a better understanding of the character.
allusion You say, “I do not approve of this quixotic idea,” Quixotic means stupid and impractical derived from Cervantes’s “Don Quixote”, a story of a foolish knight and his misadventures.
allegory In Animal Farm, the pigs represent those who came to power following the revolution; “Mr. Jones” the owner of the farm represents the overthrown Tsar Nicholas II; while “Boxer” the horse, represents the laborer class etc. The use of allegory in the novel
anachronism Hamlet, the protagonist, is the Prince of Denmark. We are told in the play that he has been attending the University of Halle-Wittenberg. It is a historical fact that the aforementioned institute was established in 1502 AD. The time that was depicted in t
analogy “Structure of an atom is like a solar system. Nucleus is the sun and electrons are the planets revolving around their sun.”

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