Literary Devices In A Farewell To Arms

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Most would agree that both books, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, have interestingly mysterious titles. Though we never get an explicit explanation, both books use literary devices to develop and illuminate the meaning of the titles. Some literary devices used in the books are contrast, repetition, point of view, and allusion. While reading these books you begin to uncover the actual meanings of the title. The full meaning of both books reveal a beautiful aspect to each.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer shows very strong Contrast. There are four narrators and they all have different writing styles. Oskar and his grandfather are basically opposites. Oksar is young autistic boy who is awkward, more open minded, and talks a lot. Thomas Sr. is old, emotionally scarred, closed minded, and doesn’t talk. Oskar is so open minded that he leaves a key with his mailwoman and says, “If she had a key, she could leave things inside our door.”(Foer5). Thomas Sr. describes the reason he stops talking with a haunting simile “the meaning of my thoughts started to float away from me, like leaves that fall from a tree into a river, I was the tree, the world was the river.”(Foer12). These two characters can help explain the title just by their personalities. Oskar could be considered extremely loud and incredibly close by getting uncomfortably close to you while being loud because he doesn’t
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