The Crucible – Literary Devices

simile “I will fall like an ocean on that court!”
pun “And what of these proceedings here? When will you proceed to keep this house…?”
foreshadow “Oh, the noose, the noose is up!”
hyperbole “Your justice would freeze beer!”
irony The fact that John Proctor cannot remember the Commandment of “adultery.”
allusion When John Proctor called Reverend Hale “Pontius Pilate.”
dramatic irony The fact that Reverend Hale calls Abigail a little girl because he doesn’t know about the affair.
allusion “She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor!”
repetition “I’ll tell you what’s walking in Salem–vengeance is walking Salem…common vengeance writes the law! This warrant is vengeance, and I’ll not give my wife to vengeance!”
personification “An everlasting funeral marches around your heart.”
alliteration “What weighty work we do.”
metaphor “Theology is a fortress.”

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