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What are some examples of figurative language used in chapter 3 of Animal Farm?

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silvagina | Student, Grade 9

Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM via web

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What are some examples of figurative language used in chapter 3 of Animal Farm?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM (Answer #1)

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Figurative language includes most of the comparative literary elements like simile, metaphor, and personification. Furthermore, it can include figures of speech, euphemism, idiom, or hyperbole. In chapter 3 of Animal Farm, many of these can be found:

Simile:

"All through that summer the work of the farm went like clockwork."

Hyperbole (an exaggeration):

He had been a hard worker even in Jones's time, but now he seemed more like three horses than one; there were days when the entire work of the farm seemed to rest on his mighty shoulders.

There is no way the work of the farm could rest on one animals' shoulders.

Euphemism (essentially a figure of speech):

When it was put to them in this light, they had no more to say.

In this instance, in this light means from a certain perspective. It does not literally mean in the light of a specific lamp, the sun, or daylight. This figurative meaning makes it a figure of speech instead of a literal expression.


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