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Life of Pi Figurative Language

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Transcript of Life of Pi Figurative Language

Simile
"Warmth came only when the sun, looking
like an electrically lit orange
, broke across the horizon, but I didn't need to wait that long to feel it" (Martel 119).
Pi compares the way the sun looks to an electrically lit orange using "like"
Life of Pi Figurative Language
Hyperbole
"It was a
placid explosion of orange and red, a great chromatic symphony, a colour canvas of supernatural proportions
, truly a splendid Pacific sunset, quite wasted on me.
Pi describes in great detail the sunset he experienced by exaggerations.
Imagery
"The sharks were makos-
swift, pointy-snouted
predators with
long, murderous teeth
that
protruded noticeably
from their mouths
" (Martel 124).
Pi thoroughly describes the sharks that came up to the life boat so you can picture them.
Allusion
"How I had
failed to notice for two and a half days
a 450-pound Bengal tiger in a lifeboat twenty-six feet long was a conundrum I would have to try to crack later" (Martel 88).
The fact that such a large carnivore would go days without making his presence known alludes to Richard Parker's strange behavior.
Metaphor
"And Orange Juice had not only cheered me up; she had also
taken on both our feelings of seasickness
" (Martel 81).
Pi uses a metaphor to describe how Orange Juice made him feel better. She could not literally take on his feeling of seasickness.
Personification
"The
sun was beginning to pull the curtains
on the day" (Martel 124).
The sun is given the human action of pulling
Onomatopoeia
"There was a
bumping
and
scraping
sound against the side of the lifeboat" (Martel 82).
Pi uses the words "bumping and scraping" to describe the sound of the turtle against the lifeboat.
Irony
"The zebra's
broken leg was missing. The hyena had bitten it off
and dragged it to the stern, behind the zebra" (Martel 120).
This is dramatic irony because we know that the hyena has attacked the zebra but Pi is just now realizing it.
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