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What are some examples of figurative language in the book And Then There Were None?

 

What examples are there of figurative language

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many examples of figurative language in this book.

Idioms: an idiom is an expression that has a different meaning than one would expect from just the meaning of the words.  For example: He put his foot in his mouth means  he made a verbal error --- he didn't literally put his foot in his mouth.  In this book many idioms are used.  For example:

"Got a bee in his bonnet" (pg 66 - chapter 4 Part 2) This means she has an idea in her head that won't go away. 

"Forewarned is forearmed" (pg 165 - Chapter 9 - Part 7) This eans that if you know something is coming, you can prepare for eit.

"His disappearance is just a red herring across the track..." (pg 247 - chapter 15 Part 1)  This idiom means a distraction.  Something that is going to draw you away from the real facts.

Simile: a simile is a comparison of two unlike things using the words "like" or "as" .  For example:  She is as pretty as a picture.  You are comparing the girl or woman to a picture.  Another example would be: He roars like a lion.  It compares the man to a lion using the word "like" .  In this book Agatha Christie creates animals images that become stronger as the book progresses.  The people are becoming more animalistic.

"He was like a cat on hot bricks." ( pg 100 - chapter 6 Part II)  This is comparing Rogers to a cat.

"A sudden flash passed like lightning through Armstrong's mind" (pg 115, chapter 7, Part 2)  This is comparing an idea to lightning.

"Climbs like a cat, doesn't he?" (pg 132, chapter 8 Part 5) This is comparing Lombard to a cat.

"He was like a beast at bay ready to charge its pursuers." (pg 211, chapter 13, part 1) This is comparing Blore with a beast at bay.

Metaphor: A metaphor compares two unlike objects NOT using the words "like" or "as".  For example:  She is a bear in the morning.  This compares a woman to a bear. 

"He's a playful beast." (pg 203 - chapter 12, Part 3)  This is comparing the murderer to a playful beast or animal. 

Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of a word in a series of words.  For example: Anna ate three apples before her appointment.

" What next? What next? Who? Which? "

"Would it work? I wonder.  It's worth trying....." (pg 195 - chapter 11 Part 6)

This example is one example, not two.  It is supposedly two people talking to each other but the sentences follow each other.

I have given you the page numbers from my book, but I have also given you the chapter and section numbers so that you may find these easily.

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