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Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” contains many literary devices. This handout contains 20 examples of alliteration, 5 examples of metaphors, 4 examples of similes, 7 examples of irony, and 5 examples of imagery from the book. Page references are included for all 41 examples.
This is not a comprehensive list but rather a collection of examples meant to spur students to locate these examples of literary devices, and perhaps more, on their own. This list can be the basis for an assignment, a game, or a competition to encourage students to identify literary devices.