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Figurative Language in The Giver, by Lois Lowry

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Josie Knierim

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Transcript of Figurative Language in The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Figurative Language in
The Giver
by Lois Lowry
It may seem that there is no figurative language in a book where there so stiffly, but I found most figurative language.
By: Josie Knierim
The Giver
metaphors were hard to find but not impossible, for example on page 7 it states " There are only two occasions of release which were not punishment. Release of the elderly, which was a time for celebration for a life well and fully lived; and release of a newchild,which always brought a sense of what-could-we-have-done." This metaphor takes deeper thinking so let us begin. This metaphor is comparing the elderly to newchildren to a similar event or situation.
A simile was easier to find than a metaphor. For example on page 65 Lilly says " They acted like... like' ' Animals' Jonas suggested. Which was comparing children from a different community to animals, using the word " Like."
Onomatopoeia is the sound of an action in words. From
The Giver
, on page 72 it says " So he buzzed instead."
An hyperbole is an expression that's meaning means something different than presented, for example on page 70 it says " I'm starving," which doesn't literally mean he is starving, it means Jonas is hungry.
Personification in
The Giver
is not your typical personification, but it does exist, because on page 24 it states "' Ash?' he had called. 'Does anything seem strange to you? About the apple?' ' Yes,' Asher called back laughing . ' It jumps out of my hand onto the ground.'" The apple does not reaaly jump out of his hand onto the ground.
Repetition is the recurrence of a word in the same sentence or phrase to help you understand the concept better. On page 137 there is a repetition. For example "' What if they give the little twin a name Elsewhere, a name like, oh, maybe Jonathan?'" Lilly had stated about the twin's name in Elsewhere, but then made an example name.
It may be simple, but alliterations do exist in
The Giver
. On page 75 there is an alliteration " He waited, but the man did not give the standard accepting-of-apology response."
Surprisingly there is quite a lot of imagery in this book. For example on page 97 it says, " The bright orange pumpkins being trucked in from the agriculture fields beyond the community boundary-seen in an instant, the flash of brilliant color, but gone again, returning to their flat and hueless shade." The words; bright, orange, and brilliant are all imagery words that describe the color of the pumpkins.
Figurative Language In
The Giver

Rosemary in the book is the daughter of The Giver
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