The Use Of Literary Devices

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The use of literary devices “Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.” This is an example of syntax from the excerpt from Speak. It shows that the character uses formal language. Not only is there syntax but there is also diction and imagery. Diction, imagery, and syntax are all literary devices that present coming of age. Other authors like Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Luis Rodriguez use these three literary devices to portray coming of age. Sandra Cisneros uses the diction, syntax, and imagery in her story Eleven. First, diction in this story is informal due to the fact that Sandra Cisneros is speaking in the voice of a little girl who just turned eleven. For example the word stupid; it shows that she thinks something is unnecessary and not so bright. Another example would be the word old; this presents that the something is aged but if she would have had formal language a word like ages or ancient would have been used. Second, the author uses imagery very well. For instance, “through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese.” This sentence includes one of the five senses; which helps you imagine something that smells disgusting. Another example would be “all of a sudden I am crying in front of everybody.” This sentence helps you imagine a little girl just beginning to cry in the middle of class because how embarrassed she was. Finally, Sandra uses simple and short syntax. “I am eleven today.” The tone of this sentence shows that that the character, Rebecca, is disappointed to be eleven because she does not feel eleven at all. Also, “only today I wish I didn’t have only eleven years rattling inside me like pennies in a tin Band-Aid box.” This sentence presents that the Rebecca has had so many things happen to today that she does not want to be eleven

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