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Figurative Language in the Secret Life of Bees

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Transcript of Figurative Language in the Secret Life of Bees

Figurative Language in the Secret Life of Bees
Written by: Sue Monk Kidd
Created by: Olivia Mack

"...the world is a great big log thrown on to the fires of love.''
Part of speech : n.
Definition : expressing a idea indirectly; comparing two things or more to each other, without literal meaning.

The Meaning of Figurative Language
Author's Use of Figurative Language
"...wings shining like bits of chrome in the dark...''
Sue Kidd uses the figurative language called simile. Which compares two things using like, as, or than Lilly compares the bees wings to chrome.
The author uses many different ways to express how the main character, Lilly, feels. One way is by using figurative language. This builds on her style of writing by adding depth, design, and dimension. Figurative Language impacts this writing by adding elaboration to the characters and surroundings.
This quote is personification. A form of figurative language were inhuman objects are given human qualities. The peach trees were described as "beseeching'', a trait that humans can do and trees cannot.
This quote is a metaphor. A form of figurative language that compares two or more objects with out using like, as, or than. Lilly is comparing the world to a log. She is also comparing love to fire. Lilly's reason for comparing these things is most likely because love grows as the world "throws things'' at you and a fire grows when a log is put on it.
An idiom does not mean what it says. It is also a form of figurative language. August means that May is taking on the world's burden like Mary. August doesn't mean May's heart is on the outside of her chest because if it was, she would be dead.
"Our mother said she was like Mary with her heart on the outside of her chest.''
p.40 "Finally I walked to the window and gazed out at the peach trees... the way they held up their leafy arms in gestures of pure beseeching.''
One common form of figurative language is a simile. This is where two things are being compared using like, as, or than. Lilly is comparing the night being full of information she has to sort through to having an inkblot on your paper over your writing.
"The night seemed like an inkblot I had to figure out.''
August Boatwright
June Boatwright
May Boatwright
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