One of the most perplexing usages of literary devices was the author’s form of realism. For example, “In the first scene of the book where Hester Prynne was standing on the scaffold, the author explained what the scaffold was used for, who the women was standing on it, gave every detail about what was going on around, and why she was standing there.”(directessays.com). All this information together is realistic information. Its importance lied in that it allowed the reader to put everything into context and realism made the story believable. The author’s first intention of using realism was to harness the reader’s attention and to make Hester Prynne feel relatable. His usage of realism in this scene, the way he told about how the sun hit her hair, how the baby pierced an unrecognizable shrill, the devastating walk from the prison doors to the scaffold itself were all ways to manipulate the emotions of the readers and to make the reader feel the feeling of Hester Prynne’s pure ignominy and guilt. His... [continues]
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