One example of figurative language is “It seemed like one thousand years, but it was only a minute before Ms. Illo brought Papa into the office” (Okimoto 11). Maya uses a hyperbole to exaggerate the time before her father arrives. The reader can relate this to a time when they were anxious
The author uses figurative language to strengthen the poem by adding more detail.He explains what things feel like,sound like,look like, and even taste like.Without figurative language the writing would be boring and short.the imagery describes how the setting looked and gave the reader more knowledge.In the poem “Oranges” by Gary soto the boy has an orange in his hand and describes it as fire in his hand.
An example of figurative language the author uses in Ender 's game is metaphors. A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things. These figure of speeches are used throughout Ender’s game. For example, the author uses a heavy metaphor thought by Valentine when she saw the
Figurative language is using words or phrases differently than the literal definition and is used in literature to provide more drama to the story or to just make the text more interesting. Homer uses many types of figurative language in the text; including similes, metaphors, epithets, personifications, alliterations, and epic similes. In Homer’s poem The Odyssey, figurative language is used to intensify
Three examples of figurative language from Night by Elie Wiesel are similes, rhetorical questions and personifications. He used the simile “I was putting one foot in front of the other, like a machine” (85) to describe the time when he was running, with the SS officers behind him commanding him to quicken his pace. The similes shows how Wiesel feels inhuman, how he feels more like a machine than a person. No one thinks twice about machines, we use them until they’re broken, and then fix them up a little before they break again.
Stephen king once said “Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's.” That is the importance of descriptive language. Descriptive language is one reason books are so popular. It helps the reader connect with the character and helps make the story so good. It grabs your mind, and puts it in the room with the characters. In the book “The House of The Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer the author uses descriptive language and figurative language to create a mental picture, and helps to grab our attention.
This is shown when the characters in this novel speak out against a concept they know nothing about. Therefore, the literary terms an author uses can make an immense impact to the connections the reader makes to a novel, and help to shape a theme that is found throughout
In the novel The Old Man and The Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway a credible author, the use of figurative language was not sparse. Figurative language enhances the story line and makes the book interesting and detailed. The most notable uses of figurative language were similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and hyperboles. Similes are described as a comparison using like or as. We found many examples throughout the text.
In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, the author, uses an array of figurative language in her writing. She uses similes, idioms, and hyperboles in her book to make them interesting and intriguing. Similes help compare scenarios, idioms interpret a meaning by giving an object a role, and hyperboles exaggerate an action. Figurative language captures the reader's attention and gives sensory detail.
Everyone has a birthday, that’s the way it is. Some might not know when theirs is, but they have one. Every year on the same day, you turn a new age, but don’t you still feel like you’re still that previous age? That is how Rachel feels in the short story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros uses figurative language, repetition and imagery to characterize Rachel as a young child who wishes to grow up and be stronger.
Metaphors are an influential piece to the literary world due to, “the process of using symbols to know reality occurs”, stated by rhetoric Sonja Foss in Metaphoric Criticism. The significance of this, implies metaphors are “central to thought and to our knowledge and expectation of reality” (Foss 188). Although others may see metaphors as a difficult expression. Metaphors provide the ability to view a specific content and relate to connect with involvement, a physical connection to view the context with clarity. As so used in Alice Walker’s literary piece, In Search Of Our Mothers’ Gardens.
Concrete Details/Imagery Gallien starts to notice the settings around him while he is on his way to drop Alex off. “For the first few miles the stampede trail was well graded and led past cabins scattered among weedy stands of spruce and aspen. Beyond the last of the log shacks, however, the road rapidly deteriorated” (Kraukaur 2). This quote creates of visual of the quick change from rural civilization to deep and dense forest.
The descriptive passage above taken from, How the other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis, demonstrates the isolation of the Chinese community from the rest of New York. Riis uses figurative language such as hyperbole, metaphor, and quotation, as well as other literary devices, to depict the Chinaman as an embodiment of Chinatown itself, where the cultural aspects are portrayed through the man and his doings. The descriptive passage I wrote as an imitation demonstrates how the eyes take in factual information which is then distorted by perception and outside influential factors. I used the same types of figurative language to depict vision as an embodiment of truth as well as trickery. The concept is displayed through the eyes and what they see.
Similar to similes, metaphors also compare two unlikely things to each other, but without using “like” or “as” to do so. One specific example of a metaphor could be when Bradbury wrote, “She was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away, and if she spoke at all her voice would be a ghost”(Bradbury 11). By comparing Margot to an old photograph and a ghost, readers can see just how much the rain has affected her in ways such as making her very shy and quiet and how the rain has brought out all color within her making her look old and gloomy. Metaphors, just like the other crafts, play a special role in making the stories more interesting and exciting.