“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, Thurber uses literary devices to create humor. He uses literary devices to bring reality and attention to the reader giving vivid description. The use of different examples keeps the reader interested as she/he continues reading. Thurber’s story is very realistic as if you can actually picture it or as if you were part of it. James uses onomonopia to create more of a reality for the reader. In the beginning of the story “the pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa” makes it seem more realistic as if you can actually hear it. (!) The pounding of the cylinders “pocketa….” makes you imagine and picture the sound, how it’s bumping towards each other. Also towards the ending of the story “…There was rat-tat-tatting of the machine guns…” also makes you think how repeatedly and loud the shots are. (3) The sound of machine guns gives it life and reality to the story as if you were there living the moment. James use of onomonopia makes the story more interesting and realistic. He also uses similes to create a more humor and interesting way to give more detail and help understand what the author wrote. In the first line in which the author says “… the Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking.” (1) Makes you under stand how the commander’s voice is so soft but strict. He is commanding in a direct way without yelling and over exaggerating. In the middle of the story it also stands out in the line “… She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd.” (2) This example makes you know how he didn’t know her at all like if someone yells out your name when there’s a big crowd, you look around because there so many people you don’t know where you name came out from. It’s such a good explanation to know how much of a stranger she is towards him. The use of similes helps you apprehend...
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