Figurative Language And Literary Devices

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Many different forms of figurative language I used throughout the story to exhilarate the irony. The opening description of Ethan is full of ironic expressions. Figurative language is also used to the describe reactions to events in the story. The author is very descriptive in this short story. The use of figurative language aids in description of events, the setting, mood, and characters’ appearance and response. Edith Wharton, the author, use of literary devices allows the story to come alive and to also require the reader to think deeply about the true meanings. In the beginning the author describes how she became to know the protagonist, Ethan Frome. The narrator stated that Ethan was “the most striking figure in Starkfield, though he was but the ruin of a man”. This expression is very ironic. One can tell the beauty he once had, although he has had a hard life that has physically took a toll on him. “It was the careless powerful look he had, in spite of a lameness checking each step like the jerk of a chain.” The narrator is describing his appearance and the way Ethan walks. The fact the narrortar states that he has a careless and powerful looks contradicts the end of the statement. At the end of the statement, states that he walks abnormally, as if he is in pain or have some sort of physically problem that does not allow him to walk correctly. Irony is also found in the very in of this short story. Ethan and Mattie believed they loved each other so much that it was
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