Symbolism, Imagery, and Figurative Language

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Symbolism, Imagery, and Figurative Language

  1. 1. Symbolism, Imagery, and Figurative Language <br />
  2. 2. symbolism<br />SYMBOL: an object, word, or image that has a deeper significance than just its literal meaning<br />Represents something more than itself; another person, idea, concept, etc. <br />Enhances the meaning of the story. <br />Can you think of any common literary symbols? <br />Colors…<br />Weather…<br />Objects…<br />Animals…<br />
  3. 3. IMAGERY<br />IMAGERY : descriptive language that appeals to the readers senses <br />Creates vivid images in our heads as we read<br />Words that describe…<br />SIGHT<br />SMELL<br />TASTE <br />SOUND<br />TOUCH <br />
  4. 4. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE <br />SIMILE: a direct comparison between two unlike things using the words LIKE or AS. <br />Can you come up with an example of a simile? <br />
  5. 5. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE <br />METAPHOR: a direct comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT using “like” or “as” <br />Can you think of an example of a metaphor? <br />Example: The road was a ribbon of moonlight.<br />
  6. 6. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE <br />ALLITERATION: Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words. <br />Alliteration is used to…<br />create melody<br />establish mood<br />call attention to important words <br />point out similarities and contrasts. <br />Example: We are wide-eyed and wondering while we wait for others to waken.<br />
  7. 7. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE <br />PERSONIFICATION: gives the qualities of a person to an animal, an object, or an idea. <br />Purpose of personification is…<br />to show something in an entirely new light <br />to communicate a certain feeling or attitude towards it <br />to control the way a reader perceives it. <br />
  8. 8. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE <br />ONOMATOPOEIA: the use of words that mimic sounds. <br />The word should sound like the sound itself. <br />They appeal to our sense of hearing and they help bring a description to life. <br />Got any others??? <br />

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