Literary Devices in Afterward
Tone: As with many ghost stories, the tension builds throughout the story’s five parts. Initially, the Boynes are ecstatic with their new home, seeming to settle in quite well. However, mystery soon presents itself, creating tension between the couple as they struggle to figure out the truth regarding Ned’s business. The house, originally described in beautiful, comforting terms, becomes more and more foreboding and dreadful as Mary investigates further.
Foreshadowing: It’s clear after the first section that something is amiss in the Boynes’ idyllic new home, but what it is isn’t immediately clear. The mysterious stranger, Ned’s odd reactions to Mary’s questions, and Mary’s poor vision all foreshadow the eventual reveal of more information.
Literary Devices Examples in Afterward:
"Her short-sighted eyes had given her but a blurred impression of slightness and grayness, with something foreign, or at least unlocal,..." See in text (I)
"They’ve been able to lay the butter so thick on every exquisite mouthful.”..." See in text (I)
"“the exasperating thing is that there’s no use trying, since one can’t be sure till so long afterward.”..." See in text (II)
"seemed suddenly to grow less round and rosy, as though eclipsed by the same creeping shade of apprehension...." See in text (III)
"she stood alone in the long, silent, shadowy room, her dread seemed to take shape and sound, to be there audibly breathing and lurking among the shadows...." See in text (III)
"paused with the air of a gentleman—perhaps a traveler—desirous of having it immediately known that his intrusion is involuntary...." See in text (III)
" like the victim of some poison which leaves the brain clear, but holds the body motionless, she saw herself domesticated with the Horror, accepting its perpetual presence as one of the fixed conditions of life...." See in text (IV)