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Writing Techniques in Acres and Pains

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The use of the Little Man persona is a technique in itself. Perelman's writing also is characterized by an ironic tone, first-person narration and monologue, a sense of values, parody, dialect humor, incongruous juxtaposition, a mixture of literal and figurative usages, and a combining of two or more fragments by superimposing one upon the other.

In addition, there are four principal stylistic components that are evident throughout virtually all of Perelman's prose: his use of cliches, his allusions, his use of puns, and his Yiddish background. In the humorist's writing some cliches are used as though they are literally true, some are used figuratively, and some start in one mode and finish in the other. The wide range of allusions that abound in Perelman's writing reflects an arcane knowledge in his reference to cultural figures and styles of the past, obsolete words, and oddities of architecture.

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