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john18 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted September 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM via web

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Please give one example of each type of figurative language listed below from "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, citing the page and line numbers for each:

1.metaphor 2. simile 3. hyperbole

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Listing specific lines and page numbers is not particularly helpful unless we are both using the same text from the same source, so unfortunately I will not be giving you those.

Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Raymond's Run" is well known for many things, including its feisty protagonist and its realistic dialogue; however, there are also many examples of figurative language in the piece. 

Metaphor - Raymond is mentally challenged and is always climbing or walking on things as if he were a circus performer. To him "the curb is a tightrope strung high in the air." Compared to the country, the city is a “'concrete jungle.'”

Simile - Hazel says she can hear the voice of the man on the loudspeaker "clear as a bell" right before the race begins. Earlier in the story, Hazel compares running a race to being in a dream:

[J]ust before I take off in a race, I always feel like I’m in a dream, the kind of dream you have when you’re sick with fever and feel all hot and weightless.

Hyperbole - Hazel says "the pistol shot explodes in my blood," claims to be "the fastest thing on two feet," and states matter-of-factly that  

tomorrow I’m subject to run the quarter-meter relay all by myself and come in first, second, and third. 

It is not surprising that there is so much hyperbole in this story, as Hazel is supremely confident in her running abilities--and with good reason. 

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