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Literary elements used in a novel can either confuse a reader or cause the reader to have interest in the novel An author tries to convey his plots through great explanations which actually cause the reader to feel they are in the situation of the character These elements can range from allusions to other literary works to the imagery the author uses to describe the settings In Great Expectations the author Charles Dickens uses imagery diction and tone in such a way the reader realizes the exact setting and feeling the author has to his writing however these literary elements confuses many people The author uses diction tone and imagery to help the reader envision the setting and understand the feelings of the author towards his writing Imagery is the words or phrases a writer selects to create a certain picture in the readers mind The writer bases this literary element on the readers five senses Dickens uses imagery in the first page of Great Expectations by describing the area around the graveyard where Pip is standing and looking at his parents grave-sight He states The dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard intersected with dikes and mounds and gates with scattered cattle feeding on it was the marshes and that the low leaden line beyond was the river and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing was the sea This excerpt describes exactly what Pip is looking at around the graveyard Diction is the authors choice of words based on their correctness clearness or effectiveness The author bases diction on the language used in his lifetime therefore when the book is read in another decade it sometimes is not understood An example of diction would be Pray dont do it sir This example of diction is called archaic diction because some of the words such as pray are not used in todays society In the nineteenth century when Dickens was
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