Use Of Literary Devices In The Dead By James Joyce

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In “The Dead” by James Joyce, the author writes about the feelings, thoughts and actions of a man named Gabriel towards his wife. James Joyce uses different literary devices such as imagery, point of view, and diction to reveal his regret and complacent behavior in his matrimony.
Joyce begins the story by illustrating Gabriel’s actions; he’s silently watching his wife sleep. During this time, Gabriel notes what she looks like, her even breaths, and then curiously states that he knows that he was not her first love. It’s intriguing that the author chooses to write all this in third person omniscient. In doing so he reveals aspects of Gabriel to us and to Gabriel himself. For example, in this first paragraph when Gabriel says that, “He did not
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