Literary Devices in Parties: A Hymn of Hate
Wordplay: Parker utilizes wordplay while describing the typical games and activities engaged in during a party. She often crafts sarcastic statements that portray her dislike of the activity. When describing the mundane activities, “you cut for partners / And draw the man who wrote the game,” signifying her partner believes he knows more about the rules of bridge than anyone else.
Inner and Outer Dialogues: With the use of italics, Parker represents the speaker’s inner thoughts. The non-italics are used to describe the events at the party while the use of italics reveal her true thoughts and opinions on the events. This creates humor and irony and develops the speaker’s character further.