Effective Essays: Exemplification
The crow exemplifies death and bad prophecy, a small child relatively new to the world exemplifies purity, two interlocked hands being forced apart by death himself exemplifies that becoming attached is a struggle for life, and whether seen or not they show us things instead of plainly stating them and exemplify many other various topics; thus it is known as exemplification. To me, this is the most important literary device. When someone supports a topic with information, they are using exemplification to prove this point, proving that this is, in my opinion, the most useful literary device.
In My Technologically Challenged Life by Monica Wunderlich, in which the author uses examples of how technology has failed for her to support that even though helpful, she shows technology can be an unnecessary pain to the user when all they need is a simple command performed. During her writing she also uses common examples of technology that we use every day, such as a car and a computer, that we take for granted that she would have loved to have throughout her life.
Another very relevant essay that I have read that shows exemplification is Piling on the Cookies by David Barboza. He uses different types of oreos and showed the differences between the original cookie and the product of the new days of cookies, showing the ever changing life of our society.
A more elongated story, Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon, has examples of many concepts in relation to mythological events and creatures in it. She uses how the characters act, rather than appearance, to exemplify their overall personality and appearance, giving each individual reader a different a varied version of what she originally created based on their experiences in life.
These are the reasons that exemplification is the best and most useful literary device, for it shows many different attributes in any size space and course of writing, reading, and even life. For this reason, exemplification literally exemplifies each and every one of our lives to the most distinct fiber possible.