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Figurative Language in "John Henry" by Julius Lester

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Michael Ash

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of Figurative Language in "John Henry" by Julius Lester

Hyperbole = Use of Extreme
Exaggeration "Before long, tongues of fire leaped out with each blow" Metaphor = comparing two unlike things by saying that one thing IS another thing "That's because he was so fast, the wind was out of breath trying to keep up with him."

"He grew until his head and shoulders busted through the roof which was over the porch."

"He laughed so loud, the sun got scared." Personification = Giving
HUMAN qualities to non-human things "And instead of the sun tending to his business and going to bed, it was peeping out from behind the moon's skirts trying to get a glimpse of the new baby"

"The sun yawned, washed its face, flossed and brushed its teeth, and hurried up over the horizon." Simile = Comparing two UNLIKE things, using "like" or "ask" Onomatopoeia = using words to represent SOUNDS "BANG! The race was on."


"KERBOOM BLAMMITY-BLAMMITY BOOMBOOM BANGBOOMBANG!!!" "His voice sounded like bat wings on tombstones"

"It was as hard as anger and so big around, it took half a week for a tall man to walk from one side to the other."

"That boulder shivered like you do on a cold winter morning when it looks like the school bus is never going to come"

"What he saw was a mountain as big as hurt feelings." Figurative Language in Julius Lester's "John Henry"
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