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Transcript of Hyperbole
obvious and intentional exaggeration
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech
not intended to be taken literally
Real World Example Analysis
In Disney's 101 Dalmatians movie, the little dog says, "I'm so hungry I could eat a whole elephant." The dog could probably not eat a whole elephant and he doesn't want to. He says this as a way to express his hunger and make it larger than life. A dalmatian eating an elephant is unrealistic and is used as an exaggeration of his hunger.
Class Example Analysis
The test did not literally take forever to finish. This sentence is a hyperbole because it is a purposeful exaggeration of how long the test took. Taking forever is an expression of how long the test felt. Using this hyperbole has the effect of making the test seem really long, but is not specific concerning the time it took. A hyperbole will often give the reader good imagery and is typically used to express, in an exaggerated way, the speaker's feelings about a situation, event, or person.
The test took forever to finish.
Charlit49. "I'm so Hungry I could Eat a Whole Elephant". 101 Dalmatians Online Video Clip. YouTube. YouTube, 6 Jun. 2010. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
Real World Example Citation
"Hyperbole". Random House Dictionary. Random House, Inc. 2013. Dictionary.com. dictionary.reference.com. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
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By Analisa Thompson
2nd Period AP English Wanczuk