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Brian Keenan uses a variety of linguistic and literary devices in An Evil Cradling to convey his experience of his time spent in solitary confinement Some of the devices I will be looking at are simile metaphor assonance alliteration personification and oxymoron The two passages I will be comparing in this essay are pg 62 -70 from the chapter entitled Into the Dark from Come now into to explain them to myself and pg 73 -78 from chapter entitled Music from My days to forcing me to be In Into the Dark Keenan employs various coping strategies to prevent himself from slipping into madness These are often given expression through the use of imagery Firstly he tries to think of something anything on which the mind can concentrate If he has nothing to concentrate on his mind will wander He uses the simile will I go with it or will I try to hold it back like a father and an unruly child to determine how he will cope with the onset of madness on this particular day He also uses the metaphor the waters of the sea of despair are heavy and thick to demonstrate how being alone is affecting his mental state An example of his declining mental state can be found in the simile reciting a half-remembered nursery rhyme like a religious mantra Keenan employs phonological devices of alliteration and assonance to highlight important areas of his experience the feet and the backs of my fingers suffer the most from these insistent flees The repetition of the f and s consonant sounds make the reader take more time over these words therefore taking more notice of them The same applies for the use of assonance I try and try to find and I too am cocooned here Repetition is also used to restate the point being expressed The repetition of the pronouns I me and my are used as
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