Figurative Language In The Pearl By John Steinbeck

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Books and movies use many different techniques to better tell the story. Some people may argue that books are better at using these techniques. However in the book The Pearl, John Steinbeck uses figurative language, sensory details and tone/mood to more effectively tell the story. There are three techniques John Steinbeck used in the book The Pearl to tell it better. One technique that John Steinbeck used to better tell the story was, figurative language. For instance, on page 69 it states, “the wind cried” which is personification. When it says this it means that the wind blew hard so the reader can better understand how hard the wind was blowing how brutal it was out there. A second technique that John Steinbeck used in The Pearl was tone and mood. For instance page, 58 it says, “And rage surged in Kino. He rolled up to his feet and followed her as silently as she had gone, and he could hear her quick footsteps going toward the shore. Quietly he tracked her, and his brain was red with anger.” This quote shows how John Steinbeck used tone and mood to show how angry Kino was when Juana tried to steal the pearl and throw it into the ocean. One last technique that was used in the book is, sensory details. In the text on page 59 it states, “He heard the rush, got his knife and lunged at the one dark figure and felt his knife go home, and then he was swept to his knees and swept again to the ground.’’ By the reader knowing that Kino heard the rush it builds up for him stabbing

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