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alfreddao | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 4, 2012 at 7:29 AM via web

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Give an example of a simile, metaphor, or personification form any part of Catching Fire and explain its meaning.

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matthewchurch | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM (Answer #1)

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"Ran  Like a house on Fire" 

That is a simile.

" I can't fight the sun, I can only watch helplessly as it drags me into a day that i have been dreading for months." 

That is personification because the sun can not accutally drag you. 

I could not find a metaphor.


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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM (Answer #2)

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"There.  He's done it again.  Dropped a bomb that wipes out the efforts of every tribute who came before him" (256). 

This moment in the novel occurs when Peeta announces in the interview with Caesar Flickerman that he and Katniss have eloped, and more importantly, she is pregnant.  Collins uses a familiar metaphor "dropped a bomb" to describe the impact that Peeta's words have on the audience.  The idea that Katniss could be pregnant and have to participate in the Games is both shocking and horrifying, and like a bomb, Peeta's words have a devastating effect on the members of the crowd watching that night.  Collins extends the metaphor for the rest of the scene, building on her figurative language with powerful diction like "detonate," "lit the fuse," and "explodes" (256).


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allie344 | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 12, 2015 at 3:24 AM (Answer #3)

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"In my mind, President Snow should be viewed in front of marble pillars hung with oversized flags. It's jarring to see him surrounded by the ordinary objects in the room. Like taking the lid off a pot and finding a fanged viper instead of stew."

This simile is the opening sentence of Chapter 2. A simile is a comparison of two dissimilar objects using the words like or as. In this case, President Snow is being compared to a viper who has made its home in an unlikely place. Just as a little bit of background to the series, President Snow is the president of the Capitol, a political center for the obscenely rich. The Capitol hosts the Hunger Games, a sport in which teenagers are mandatorily drafted to fight to the death in an arena. The political face of the Capitol is President Snow, who goes out of his way to terrorize the speaker in this quote, Katniss Everdeen, during her time in the Hunger Games.

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