Figurative Language w/ SUPERHEROES
Created on February 8, 2024
Writers use figurative language all the time to relate to their audience and draw them into the material. They create images and force the reader to infer their meaning. It's like a superpower!
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William H. Gass
"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words."
- Metaphor: "Life is your restaurant, and I'm your maitre d'!" ~ Genie in Alladin
- Hyperbole: "He's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!" ~ Agnes in Despicable Me
- Alliteration: "Chim chimney, chim chimny, chim chim cher-ee." ~ Bert from Mary Poppins
- Simile: Happy as a camel on humpday. ~ Geico commercial
- Personification: The cup, teapot, and candle ~ Beauty and the Beast
- Onomatopoeia: "Ka-chow!" ~ Ligtning McQueen in Cars
Figurative language is used EVERYWHERE!
EXAMPLES OF USAGE
repetition of the same sound at the start of a series of words in succession
a word or group of words that is self-contradicting
a joke based on the interplay of homophones; words with the same pronunciation but different menaning
reference to a preexisting person, work, event, or well-known piece of pop culture
Additional types of Figurative language
- a statement or phrase not intended to be understood in its basic sense
- not the exact use of a word or phrase
- taking words in their usual or most basic sense
- representing the exact words of the original text.
- word-for-word translation
a short expression, peculiar to a culture, that conveys a figuative meaning ~ Idioms are often unique to a region, culture, or group of people. Most people refer to them simply as a "figure of speech."
*This data is totally made up, but do you see the hyperbole?
Writing is more interesting and easier to understand when we connect with the language used. Figurative language makes your writing -
Being clever is always a smart move.
Speaking figuratively can actual make your point more - on point.
Word choice can attract readers by giving your writing "voice."
Text can be more conversational and easier to read.
Details are more vivid and relatable to the reader.