Literary Devices In We Were The Mulvaneys By Joyce Carol Oates Enc 1102 Essay

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Literary devices are the tools and techniques of language that authors use to convey meaning. Skilled use of literary devices to bring richness and clarity to a text. In this excerpt from We Were The Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates uses more than one literary device to enhance her image of what Judson Andrew Mulvaney sees, feels, and thinks when he is on a dock by the brook on his ranch. Oates uses imagery to paint a picture in the reader's mind of what is happening around him and what he is looking at as if you were standing there with him and he is talking to you. She uses first person point of view to depict the story as if it were you instead of Jud Mulvaney, standing in his shoes. Oates also uses repetition to make the purpose of the story clear to the readers. Joyce Carol Oates brings out the colorful images in this black and white passage from We Were The Mulvaneys.
In this piece of literary work, Oates uses imagery to visually describe to setting of the dock sitting upon the brook on the mulvaney farm to the readers. When she writes “Fast- flowing clear water, shallow, shale beneath, and lots on leave. Sky the color of lead and the light mostly drained so I couldn't see my face only the shape of a head that could be anybody's head”(Oates 3), she is drawing an image in the reader's mind. She verbally describes the scene of Jud looking at his reflection in the water. She also describes him standing on the deck, “The brook was flowing left to right (east to west, through at slant) and I stood immobile leaning on the railing (pretty damn rotted: I’d tell Dad it needed to be replaced with new planks, we could do it together) until it began to happen as it always does the water gets slower and slower and you’re the one who begins to move...” She portrayed Jud on the deck, standing there, staring at his reflection for what seemed like forever because after a while he started seeing himself moving and not the water anymore. She is intensifying the “trance-like” feeling of Jud Mulvaney, gazing at the murky mirror below him. These specific details and features is what clarifies the images more vibrantly.

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