Imagery in literature is a device used to provide additional points of reference, as well as a scene or information. In some forms of literature, the imagery is functional, contributing to the story, as in a mystery novel or whodunit. In romance, horror, and humor, imagery is both part of the scene and a basis of the text.
Examples of Imagery in Literature:
|Homer's Iliad contains a great deal of imagery dealing with details of the siege of Troy, sometimes as part of the story, sometimes as setting.|
George Orwell's 1984 uses imagery like a selective weapon, rather than providing general imagery of the setting.
Joseph Heller's Catch 22 uses people as imagery as much as the setting.