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Imagery and Figurative Language
Transcript of Imagery and Figurative Language
by Alexis Miner-Smith, Gabriella Palazzolo, Claire Sank, and Brooke Saylor
Imagery and Figurative Language
Twain's use of figurative language is limited because of narrator, Huck Finn
No sense can be made; expecting an uncivilized, uneducated adolescent to understand figurative language
however, there are still a number of examples found in Twain's work
the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another
focuses attention on a particular section of text
create rhythm and mood
a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar
an object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol of something else
people, places, things described in fewer, better words
Figurative language includes:
and helps every reader better understand the story.
Twain used multiple types of figurative language to develop the story and help it flow.
Makes the story easier to understand.
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Twain, Mark, and Donald McKay. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1948. Print.
comparing two or more things using the words "like" or "as"
"caved in, like a lid"
"riding high like a duck"
"I reckon I shook like a leaf, and I didn't know hardly what to do."
"he straightened himself up like a liberty-pole"
"She was gentle and sweet like a dove, and she was only twenty."
often used by Huck
children's method of describing, have a lot to compare to
a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
Huck talked about "the bad place" which obviously meant "hell"
Huck wanted to join Tom Sawyer's "gang of outlaws" which means his hoodlum boys.
Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word and the sound associated with what it is named (dictionary)
One example of this is "Bang!" on page 141 (Twain)
the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form (dictionary)
An example of this from the book is "shining like red-hot teeth." (Twain)
the formation of mental images, figures, or likeness of things, or of such images collectively (dictionary)
most of the imagery used in Huck Finn is used to describe the river
A hyperbole is another word for any internal exaggeration.
Analogies are similarities between like features of two things
*Martin Smith with the educational resources