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Figurative Language in The House on Mango Street

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Toni-Anne Idzinski

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of Figurative Language in The House on Mango Street

Miss Idzinski
Figurative Language in The House
on Mango Street

Figurative language is all around us! It is in
the books we read, the songs we listen to, and in everyday conversation!
What is figurative language?
Figurative language
is language that uses words and phrases to mean something different from the literal interpretation.
The main types of figurative language we will be focusing on are similes, metaphors, and personification.
We are going to search through the song to find all of the similes and metaphors.
Katy Perry's song "Firework," like many other songs, is filled with figurative language.
Example: It is raining cats and dogs outside.
simile
: a comparison made between two
unlike things using the words, "like" or "as" (Example: She is as busy as a be
e.
)
metaphor
: a comparison between two unlike things in which one becomes the other (does not use "like" or "as")
(Example: Her life is a circus
.
)
Now, we are going to look at several examples of figurative language from The House on Mango Street and determine if they are similes or metaphors and why.
Now, you are going to write your own vignette (at least 1 paragraph) describing your house, like Esperanza does, using at least 1 simile and 1 metaphor.
(For help, go to page 3 of
The House on Mango Street to review Esperanza's vignette about her house.)
(Where is your house located? What does your house look like? Describe it.)
personification
: when a non-human
thing or quality is given human-like
characteristics
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