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Foreshadowing and Alliteration in Train from Rhodesia and Dead Men's Path Authors often use literary devices to interest their audience without their awareness. By doing so, certain pieces of a narrative or book will seem more significant, in a really personal way. They won't shout for attention, but they will adhere, for they are catchy. From time to time, writers are not aware they're using a device to convince their viewers, it happens naturally. Common literary devices and elements are all metaphors, similes, alliteration, perhaps even couplet rhyming. Although foreshadowing is not necessary a literary device, it is often a component that lots of writers use in their work as well. Foreshadowing through adjectives and alliteration are two devices used in both "The Train from Rhodesia" by Nadine Gordimer and "Dead Men's Path" by Chinua Achebe. "The Train from Rhodesia" from Nadine Gordimer reveals foreshadowing elements through it is adjectives and other important words. It alludes to the end mood of the narrative through adjectives used during. At the end of "The Train from Rhodesia", there's an overwhelming sense of emptiness, perhaps even a persistent sadness. Throughout the story, lots of the adjectives stage to this. The words "pale" and "dead" from the sentence, "...on both sides of a uniform railway vase with it is pale dead flower." (p. 909) and even the word "uniform" points to the emptiness that will prevail toward the end of the narrative. "Empty" may appear as a word to describe "the vacant sand" (p. 910) but additionally, it points into the emotion of the woman at the end. Words that show doubt, basted in depression occur all over the book, such as "waiting", "wandered", "faint", "da...