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Figurative Language in "Night"

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Austin Stepp

on 7 January 2013

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Transcript of Figurative Language in "Night"

"A prolonged whistle split the air. The wheels
began to grind. We were on our way." Simile "Physically he was as awkward as a clown. He made people smile, with his waiflike timidity" Figurative Language Figurative language is a word or phrase that departs
from everyday literal language for the sake of
comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness. Metaphor Irony "But as they [new shoes] were covered with a thick coat of mud, they had not been noticed. I thanked God... for having created mud in his infinite and wondrous universe." Similie "Night" by Elie Wiesel Figurative Language in Found On Page 1 Hyperbole Found on Page 20 It over exaggerates the whistle, as it did not split the air, but was extremely loud. It states he was very awkward, comparing him to a clown, the king of awkwardness, "That night the soup tasted of corpses" Considering he had just witnessed a large
number of hangings, all that was on his
mind was the corpses, thus making even
the food taste of a corpse. Found on Page 62 Most would be mad about getting mud on their new shoes, but since it hid them from the guards, he was thankful for muddy dirty shoes. "'They take me for a madman,' he would whisper and tears, like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes" Found on Page 5 Its comparing the tears coming from his eyes to
how melted wax drips down a candle stick Personification Metaphor "We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had forgotten everything-death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die, condemned and wandering, mere numbers, we were the only men on earth." Metaphor "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Found on page 32 It gives human characteristics to "the moments" saying
they murdered his God and his soul. Found on page 83 He was saying that they had endured so much with strength that they were the only "true" men on Earth "The synagogue was like a huge train station: luggage and tears. The alter was broken, the hangings torn down, the walls bare. Found on page 19 He was comparing the synagogue to a worn down, packed train station full of luggage.
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