Figurative Language

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Figurative Language

  1. 1. Writing with Colorful Words Introduction to Figurative Language Ms. Gunther
  2. 2. Figurative Language <ul><li>Figurative language creates images for the reader or listener. The writer uses descriptions that are comparisons, repetitions, exaggerations, and imitations to make the writing more interesting and engaging. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Figurative Language <ul><li>Simile- A figure of speech comparing two unlike things. It is often linked by the words “like” or “as”. </li></ul><ul><li>Metaphor- States that one thing is something else. It is a comparison, it is usually linked by the word “is”. </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperbole- Big exaggeration, usually with humor. </li></ul><ul><li>Personification- Giving an object human like qualities. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples The volcano spit out lava from its mouth. Lava erupted from the volcano. Personification The backpack weighs a ton. The backpack feels very heavy. Hyperbole Her hair is silky . Her hair is very soft. Metaphor His feet are as big as skateboards. He has big feet. Simile Figurative Meaning Literal Meaning Figurative Language
  5. 5. Let’s think of examples! Personification Hyperbole Metaphor Simile Figurative Meaning Literal Meaning Figurative Language
  6. 6. Description <ul><li>Literal: red, beautiful, petals, sweet scent </li></ul><ul><li>Figurative: This rose is as red as a shiny apple and as beautiful as the sunrise. Its petals smile to welcome the morning . Its scent is as sweet as a baby. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is literal? What is figurative?
  8. 8. Comparison <ul><li>Literal? The white clouds float in the blue sky. </li></ul><ul><li>Figurative? Imaginary scenes of wisp silently blow and profile the endless heavens. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Summary <ul><li>Figurative language is a creative way to describe a person, place, object or event. This creates a more descriptive picture in the mind of the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Language examples include: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of creative language makes writing more exciting, fun and interesting. </li></ul>

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