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objective correlative Syllabification: ob·jec·tive cor·rel·a·tive

Definition of objective correlative in English:


The artistic and literary technique of representing or evoking a particular emotion by means of symbols that objectify that emotion and are associated with it.
Example sentences
  • Beyond the images of the surgery, Nick's fears of explosion, evacuation, and castration provided Hemingway with objective correlatives that he reiterated many times throughout the stories.
  • He is known for his use of objects and objective correlative to propel his story line, instead of strict narrative.
  • In fact, one might suggest that, if there is anything wrong in the play, it is that Hamlet is assaulted by too many objective correlatives, these interweaving and reinforcing each other as the play proceeds.
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