Examples Of Literary Devices In The Black Cat

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Literary Devices Essay
Have you ever wanted to pick apart a piece of writing the way one might pick off the toppings of a pizza? I see literary devices as the toppings and the dough is the good writing. Literary devices refer to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her message in a simple manner to his or her readers. When “employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work.”, and by developing a strong understanding of what they are and how they function, one can increase their enjoyment of the writing.
Connotation refers to a meaning that is implied by a word apart from the thing which it describes explicitly. One work I have seen it in is ‘The Black Cat”. In this work, connotation has been used negative common seen as bad luck in many cultures. Throughout “The Black Cat” connotation appears quite a few times, one that I found interesting was when he had found a new cat, the cat had white fur around its neck, Poe states that the fur starts to turn into the form of the gallows which is what Poe had used to hang the old cat. The cat is a sign of connotation as bad luck.
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions, and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. In “The Black Cat”, Poe uses words and phrases to create “mental images” for the reader, imagery helps the reader to visualize and see it more realistically. For example,

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