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In To Kill a Mockingbird, I need to find examples of assonance and hyperbole.

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rosefire | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 7, 2010 at 5:27 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, I need to find examples of assonance and hyperbole.

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 7, 2010 at 7:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Assonance is repetition of similar vowel sounds in nearby words.

There is an example of assonance in the first line of the novel: "When he was nearly thirteen..."  The vowel sounds in "he", in "nearly", and "teen" are similar.

Hyperbole is an exaggeration for effect.  For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird, on page five, Harper Lee writes: "People moved slowly then. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County."  This is obviously an exaggeration, as people had to buy things to live--food, supplies, etc.--and there was an entire country outside of Maycomb County to see.

When Scout sees snow for the first time, she says, "Atticus, the world is coming to an end, please do something!"  She is exaggerating for effect: the world isn't really ending, but she's as scared as she might be if it were.

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