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1 Characterization: Chapters 5-9 Riva Bindra, Emily Chang, Jia Lee, Trinh Tran IB English 2, Mrs. Volzer, Period 4

2 In My Life and Hard Times, James Thurber employs a series of rhetorical and comedic devices that contribute to characterization, but more importantly to Thurbers mockery of the overall catch-tale quality of societys habit of repeated misunderstandings which result in stagnant progress. Thesis Statement

3 Practical Humor [Roy] then explained that he had heard his father get out of bed and had called to him. Ill handle this, his father had answered. Buck is downstairs.... I dont know any Buck. I never said that. (42) I did not have a dream, father said. He was pretty well nettled by this time, and he stood in front of a bureau mirror, brushing his hair... it always seemed to calm father to brush his hair. (42). Chapter 5: More Alarms at Night

4 Caesura /si ˈ ZHoorə,- ˈ zoorə/ While he hastily pulled on his clothes- I remember he left his socks off and put his shoes on his bare feet- father began to name, in a shaky voice, various New Jersey cities, (44). Chapter 5: More Alarms at Night

5 Chapter 6: Sequence of Servants Connotation She was a comely and sombre Negress (49) Catch-tale Doan go up dere, doan go up dere! said Vashti. Mah mothah is just as rarin' as he is! Charley, however, insisted. It came out then that Vashti didn't have any stepfather; there was no such person. (50)

6 Metaphor Father protested time and again that he couldn't stand Mrs. Robertson around, but mother always refused to let her go. It seems that she was a jewel. (52) Diction Once she walked unbidden, a dishpan full of wrung-out clothes under her arm, into father's study, where he was engrossed in some figures. Father looked up. She regarded him for a moment in silence. Then"Look out!" she said, and withdrew. (52) Chapter 6: Sequence of Servants

7 Personification Mother always mentioned that as an argument in his favor; she said he had a quick temper but that he didn't hold a grudge. (56) We usually put his food plate on top of an old kitchen table with a bench alongside the table. (60) Chapter 7: The Dog that Bit People

8 Simile Muggs came wandering into the room like Hamlet following his father's ghost. (62) Muggs could read him like a book. (56) Chapter 7: The Dog that Bit People Anaphora The cops suggested that it might be a good idea to tie the dog up, but mother said that it mortified him to be tied up and that he wouldn't eat when he was tied up. (60)

9 Caesura I think that one or two people tried to poison Muggshe acted poisoned once in a whileand old Major Moberly fired at him once with his service revolver near the Seneca Hotel in East Broad Streetbut Muggs lived to be almost eleven years... (56) Emblem On the board I wrote with an indelible pencil "Cave Canem." Mother was quite pleased with the simple classic dignity of the old Latin epitaph. (63) Chapter 7: The Dog that Bit People

10 Hyperbole He cut off abruptly for he was beginning to quiver all over... [s]o we tried it with every adjustment of the microscope known to man (65). Chapter 8: University Days Caricature You didnt, you didnt, you didnt! he screamed, losing control of his temper instantly, and he bent over and squinted into the microscope. His head snapped up. Thats your eye! he shouted (67).

11 Onomatopoeia Mr. Bassum abruptly broke this silence in an amazing manner. Choo-choo-choo (67). How did you come to college this year, Mr. Bolenciecwcz? asked the professor. Chuffa chuffa, chuffa, chuffa. (68). Chapter 8: University Days

12 Metonymy You are the main trouble with this university (71). Chapter 8: University Days Satire Company, halt! shouted the General Littlefield, That man is the only man who has it right! I was made a corporal for my achievement (73). I moved restlessly and the fly flew away. You startled him! [he] barked, looking at me severely... That wont help the situation! [he] snapped with cold military logic (73).

13 Chapter 9: Draft Board Nights Caesura Grandfather was against the idea of Jake watching over him-he thought it was a lot of tomfoolery-but Jake hadnt been able to sleep at night for twenty-eight years... (75). Chiasmus He watched while I slept, said grandfather, so now Im watchin while he sleeps, (76).

14 Chapter 9: Draft Board Nights Personification He had the notion that if you didnt hold her, she would throw you, (76)....when he took the drivers seat the machine flattened its ears on him... (78).

15 Alliteration...several stethoscopes... (80)....we had begun to climb, clickety-clockety... (83). Diction You could never get into the army with eyes like that, he said. I know, I told him, (84). Chapter 9: Draft Board Nights

16 Thurber, James. My Life and Hard Times. New York: Perennial Classics, Print. Works Cited


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