In the space below, give examples of Alliteration as you come across them in your reading. Please include the title, page number, and the quote itself. Then, give a brief explanation of the quote. As we add new examples, add them to the top of the page.

-Frederick Douglass (87) "I then commenced and continued copying the Italics in Webster's Spelling Book, until I could make them all without looking on the book". This is an example of alliteration because Douglass uses the repetition of a hard "c" to bring attention to the specific word choice.

- Frederick Douglass (55): "Scarce a sentence escaped him but that was commenced or concluded by some horrid oath."
This is an example of alliteration because Douglass is using the repetition of the "s" sound to emphasize the harshness of a certain slaveholder. (Houston)

  • The Scarlet Letter (84) "She saw the children of the settlement, on the grassy margin of the street, or at the domestic thresholds, disporting themselves in such grim fashion as the Puritanic nurture would permit." This is an example of alliteration, because Hawthorne uses a repetitive "s" sound throughout the sentence. Ryan Riedmueller
-The Scarlet Letter (114) "The heart, making itself guilty of such secrets, must perforce hold them, until the day when all hidden things shall be revealed. Nor have I so read of interpreted Holy Writ, as to understand that the disclosure of human thoughts and deeds, then to be made, is intended as a part of the retribution." This quote is an example of alliteration because Hawthorne repeats the "h" sound throughout the passage, tying together holiness with the ideas of the human heart filled with hidden things (Lauren).

-The Scarlet Letter-(122) "The clergyman's shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme." This is an example of alliteration because Hawthorne is using the repetition of the consonant "s" throughout this sentence.(Houston)

-The Scarlet Letter-(116) "...while their hearts are all speckled and spotted with iniquity of which they cannot rid themselves." Alliteration is here used to emphasize the iniquity with which the "hearts" are covered with.(Alex)

-The Scarlet Letter-(121) "...Mr. Dimmesdale shuddered, and slightly stirred" Alliteration is used again here for emphasis and to help paint a better picture of Dimmesdale's exact emotion.(Alex)

- The Scarlet Letter-(75) "Hester sought not to acquire any thing beyond a subsistance, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child." This is an example of alliteration because of the repetition of the sound "s" in this section.(Ashley)

- The Scarlet Letter-(105) "...as the early Fathers had achieved for the infancy of the Christian faith." This is an example of alliteration because of the repetition of the consonant "f" in this passage. (Ashley)