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Copy of Figurative Language in "A Separate Peace"

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DeAnn Devore

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Transcript of Copy of Figurative Language in "A Separate Peace"

Figurative Language In
"A Separate Peace"
Giving human qualities to oblects that are not human
"The ocean looked dead too, dead gray waves hissing mordantly along the beach, which was gray and dead-looking itself."
The comparison of two things using like or as.
"Preserved along with it, like stale air in an unopened room, was the well known fear which had surrounded and filled those days, so much of it that I hadn't even known it was there."

"Very gradually, like one instrument after another being tentatively rehearsed, beacons of color began to pierce the sky."
"Then a second realization broke as clearly and bleakly as dawn at the beach."
"So the war swept over like a wave at the seashore."
Figurative Language
"This kind of sunshine and ocean, with the accumulating roar of the surf and the salty, adventurous, flirting wind from the sea, always intoxicated Phineas."
"I felt that the stadium could not only speak but that its words could hold me spellbound."
Lines in a piece of writing which alter or exaggerate a literal meaning. Figurative language is expressed through similes, metaphors and presonification.
The comparison of two seemingly unlike things without using like or as.
"The tree was tremendous, an irate, steely black steeple beside the river."
"The ocean, throwing up foaming sun-sprays across some nearby rocks, was winter cold."
"The clean-washed shine of summer mornings in the north country."
Chapter 1, Page 10
Chapter 4, Page 53
Chapter 8, Page 109
Chapter 4, Page 49
Chapter 4, Page 49
Chapter 2, Page 21
Chapter 12, Page 187
Chapter 1, Page 14
Chapter 2, Page 21
When Gene revisits Devon School he suddenly remembers the fear that had surrounded him throughout his years attending this school. He compares the hidden fear to stale air in an unopened room.
As Gene stares at the grey sky above the ocean, he notices it beginning to lighten up. He compares the light seeping through the burlap to one instrument after another being tentatively rehearshed.
The war suddenly creeps up on the boys. As winter approached Devon School, so did enlistment. Gene, no longer enlisting in the war, describes the rush of the war as if it were a wave at the seashore.
Gene comes to a sudden realization, believing that Finny had deliberately set out to wreck his studies. Gene describes this 'clear' and 'bleak' realization as if it were dawn at the beach.
Gene flashes back to the years he attended Devon School, describing how he seen the tree as a child. He directly compares it to an irate, steely black steeple.
When the boys take a trip to the beach, Gene observes the 'dead-looking' waves as they hiss upon the beach. When he states this line, Gene gives the waves human characteristics when he says the waves are hissing and dead-looking.
Gene deeply describes this scene, the scene that 'always intoxicated Phineas'. Gene says how Finny loves the roar of the surf and the flirting wind from the sea. He uses the words 'roar' and 'flirting' to add personification, giving the waves and the wind human characteristics.
Gene, falling asleep under the stadium feels as if he is a ghost and imagines that the walls can speak to him. He not only states that it can speak powerful words but says it holds him 'spellbound'. When Gene claims the walls can talk he is adding personification to the piece.
After Gene and Finny's absence from dinner, Gene wakes up the next day, decribing the 'clean-washed' morning. He talks of the summer morning in the north country as if it were washed clean.
Chapter 3, Page 47
When Gene describes the sprays of the ocean he says that it is winter cold. He uses a metaphor when he compares the ocean to the cold temperatures in winter.
The End !
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