Figurative Language In Pig The Pug

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Pig the Pug is a humorous children’s picture book. Aaron Blabey tells the tale of a Pug called Pig learning to share with his flatmate Trevor, who is a sausage dog. Throughout, this story Blabey has used a range of different language to create this well-written book. According to Michael Tunnell (2008, p. 18) ‘If a book is truly well written, the words between its covers are arranged in almost magical patterns that stir deep emotional responses in readers.' I believe Blabey has accomplished that. Firstly, Blabey has used a colourful range of figurative language. A great example of this is his great use of assonance, such as; Well, pig flipped his wig. As pig and wig both end in ig. Another, being onomatopoeia, such as; Grumble and howled. Blabey’s use of Alliteration, for example, sausage- …show more content…

According to Tunnell (2008, p. 22) “Speech reveals character”. The dialogue in this book has done exactly that. Throughout the book, Trevor portrays a nice and caring character towards Pig. Complementing pig on his toys, suggesting how fun it would be to play with Pig’s toys together and showing concern when Pigs pile of loot started to wobble saying ‘Watch out up there!’. Compared to Trevor, Pig is quite the opposite, who has been nothing but ‘greedy’ and ‘selfish’. Throughout, Pig’s dialogue we see him portray a very nasty character to Trevor, shouting words such as ‘Go away!’, ‘Sausage-shaped swine!’, ‘Mine!’ and ‘Scoot!’. At the end of the book, we see that while Pig is ‘on the mend’ that he is not greedy and selfish anymore but shares his toys with Trevor. But, it does leave the reader wondering after Pig finishes mending if Pig falls back into his nasty old habits again or whether he has changed for

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