You can take an ordinary thing and make it extraordinary.
Our first category of figurative language is the Simile.
The Purpose of Figurative Language
What is figurative language?
Figurative language is language that uses
words or expressions with a meaning that
is different from the literal interpretation
(actual words used), often to describe
something by comparing it to something
else or to create mental pictures with
“Your smile shines like the moon on a dark
Figurative language allows people to
express abstract thoughts. It creates
tone and communicates emotional
content, often through humor.
Figurative language helps reinforce
group identity and may help sell
products by bringing certain images
or cultural ideas to mind.
In short, it makes language
“She was very lonely.”
“Eleanor Rigby, died in the church,
And was buried along with her name,
The ability to understand figurative
language helps people play with
Example: “I’ve got you covered,” means something is
protected or safe or that you don’t have to complete
something because someone has done it for you.
Also, humorous comparisons are only
funny if the figurative language is
Example: “What did the rug say to the floor? I’ve got you