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Posts Tagged: literary device

The Twin Paradox

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By running two lives that started from the same point off along divergent tracks, they throw up questions about our uniqueness, and the chances and choices that make us who we are. From Shakespeare to Stephen King, identical twins have played an important role in literature. But what makes them such compelling characters? The Guardian explains.

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Detecting Genre

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Like a detective novel, these books are characterized by a central mystery and the process of detection that leads to solving that mystery. The mystery, however, is not a crime—it’s a life. A person, usually only tangentially related to the subject (the latter is often deceased), becomes engrossed in the discovery of this person’s life, […]

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Against Allegory

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Don’t you hate allegory? Seems to me that allegory was created to separate readers into two groups: people that understand allegory, and people who don’t. Over at Huffington Post, Lisa K. Friedman explores allegory and other literary devices and wonders if the work of finding the hidden meaning is just too much of a “herculean effort.”

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When It Rains, It Pours

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Whether you’re singing, dancing, or making out with Spiderman, there’s something different about doing things in the rain. In an excerpt from her book Rain: A Cultural and National History published at Salon, Cynthia Barnett analyzes rain as a narrative device: Rain is such a compelling literary and cinematic trope that it’s easily and often […]

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