Writers have a lot of fun slipping various literary devices into stories. We actually delight in some of those troublesome topics in English class like foreshadowing, imagery, symbolism, irony, and satire. It’s one reason, perhaps, why some folks think we’re weird.
The best literary devices come organically from the story rather than being forced. Many go unnoticed except by the best reading detectives. Occasionally some hit you over the head.
I once wrote a novel set in Texas where each chapter began with a fact about bluebonnets which was symbolic of something that happened in the chapter. Believe me, I researched a lot about bluebonnets when writing that story because the facts had to fit the story and not the other way around!
As a reader, do you notice these literary devices? As a writer, do you look for ways to include them? Or do you simply agree that writers really are weird folks?