Figurative Language In The First Betrayal

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The excerpt from The First Betrayal by Patricia Bray conveys a mood of suspense through her word choice and use of [figurative] language. She creates a mood of suspense by choosing words such as “consume,” “engulf,” and “swallow,” among others. These words provide a feeling of frailty and powerlessness. All of these words as well as many other expressive ones are used to portray the darkness. Bray offers vivid imagery [and figurative language(personification)] that causes darkness to be more prevalent in the story. In lines 28 through 30, it states, “Now the darkness had consumed the light, just as the sea outside threatened to devour the tower.” By using personification, Bray gives an image that influences the anxious mood. On the contrary,
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