Literary Elements Essays

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Peter Scott Ms. Wiggins Honors English 10 1st Block O3/09/11 “Literary Elements of Wharton’s ‘Roman Fever’” Peter Scott Scott 1 03/09/11 Ms. Wiggins 1st Block “Literary Elements of Wharton’s ‘Roman Fever’” The short story, “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton, reveals numerous popular literary elements. Some of the most prominent examples of literary elements are irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing. All three elements create the feel and atmosphere of the short story. They add illustration, mystery, and humor to the storyline. The irony in “Roman Fever” begins when the two daughters refer to their mothers as “young things”. This is verbal irony because their two mothers were described as aged and…show more content…
This shows that she is different from your average middle-aged woman, and that she and Grace do not have many things in common about their personality (Petry 1).When Alida Slade and Grace Ansley are looking at their daughters having fun in the moonlight, and Grace says “And perhaps we didn't know much more about each other”, it shows that some drama is about to occur, and that she knew she had things that Alida did not know about her, and also that perhaps Alida felt the same way (Selina 1). “Roman Fever” demonstrates countless excellent cases of irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing. Different kinds of irony make “Roman Fever” entertaining during dialogue. Symbolism gives the story deeper meaning in small actions, for instance knitting, and setting details. Foreshadowing in the story baffles and intrigues. In conclusion, these are the three vital literary elements in Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever”. They capture the reader from the playful beginning to the jaw dropping end. Works Cited Scott 4 Petry, Alice Hall. "A TWIST OF CRIMSON SILK: EDITH WHARTON'S 'ROMAN FEVER'." Studies in Short Fiction 24.2 (1987): 163. MAS Ultra - School Edition. EBSCO. Web. 22 Feb. 2011. "Explanation of: "Roman Fever" by Edith Wharton." LitFinder Contemporary Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2010.

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