Figurative Language In Seabiscuit

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During the 1830s, the Great Depression took over America’s brightness and joy, shattering the American spirit. Citizens searched for a light to help people get their lives back together. During this searching, they found Seabiscuit to bring them hope. Seabiscuit is a racing horse that received the right trainer and rider to make him a legend. Seabiscuit’s story is beautifully portrayed in Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Seabiscuit. Hillenbrand uses literary and language devices to help the audience envision Seabiscuit’s race against his biggest rival, War Admiral. Imagery, diction, and simile are some devices used to make this race stand out. Imagery is a literary device that writers use to help the audience envision the scene easier using figurative language. Hillenbrand utilizes imagery to create a film for the reader during Seabiscuit's race against War Admiral. Seabiscuit and War Admiral where running on the home stretch side by side. Both of these horses had put all their effort into this race, their legs pumping, building up speed. Seabiscuit pulled ahead with a one-length lead, his rider saw “the blur of faces along the rail thinning then vanishing all …show more content…

Diction is the use of powerful words that show the mood, attitude, and style of writing. Hillenbrand enforces this literary devices to show the reaction of the crowded throughout the race. The reaction of the crowed is being mirrored by the reaction of the audience. Seabiscuit refuses to let War Admiral pass him as the two horses sprint for the finish line. As Seabiscuit crossed the finish line with a thirty-five foot lead on War Admiral, the crowed created a “pandemonium” cheer. (274) Hillenbrand adopts “pandemonium” into her writing to demonstrate the excitement of the crowed. This word is a great example of the literary device diction in Hillenbrand’s work because it sets a mood of relief and joy for the crowd and

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