Joey Two-Times: "Hey! How ya doin, how ya doin?"

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"Intentional---as opposed to careless or inadvertent---repetition of sounds, words, phrasing, or concepts is used in literary works to create unity and emphasis."
(Hamilton 98)

I've always been a big fan of repetition for emphasis. Always. This is one of my favorite techniques as a writer (of both songs and stories). There's no better way to express feeling in a song than by repeating a special line for emphasis, whether as part of a build-up or as the message of the entire song. In a story, it's a great way to show a character brooding over something, for one such example.

In "A Good Man is Hard to Find," The Misfit is mentioned repeatedly throughout the story, up until the point where the family encounters The Misfit himself. It's an effective use of repetition, getting us to keep The Misfit in mind and foreshadowing events to come.

Get outta here, outta here!


Kaitlin Monier said:

I really like repetition in stories too, especially in dialogue. It gives the character a personality and helps the reader to understand what is going through the character's mind.

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