Red Scarf Girl, Ji- li Jiang
How did the author use a particular literary technique (allusion, metaphor, imagery, symbolism, etc.) and what effect does this technique have on the reader?
In this book, the author uses many literary techniques, like irony (the expression of one's meaning by using language that signifies the opposite) and metaphors (the comparison of two similar things without the use of "like"). However, the literary devise which is most used in the novel is imagery (descriptive or figurative language). This is used throughout the book, normally in the start of chapters or in critical stages os the book. One example is: "I did not want her to see me. I bent down and pretended to tie my shoelaces. But I could not block out her voice, dry, hoarse, and trembling." (Jiang, 46) This passage has imagery in it because one can imagine what the author is describing in their head clearly.
This technique has a huge affect on the reader because one can imagine the story distinctly, and therefor understand it better. For example, the phrase "The flower is red" isn't intriguing, it is life- less. But, in contrast, the phrase "The flower has bright red pedals, almost like blood", has a deeper affect on the reader. One can clearly imagine the scene described, and therefor understand and enjoy the reading more.