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What types of figurative language is used in Island of the Blue Dolphins"?

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smoultrie | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:37 AM via web

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What types of figurative language is used in Island of the Blue Dolphins"?

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missp0127 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 25, 2008 at 8:14 AM (Answer #1)

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The most predominant type of figurative language is Karana's standard use of metaphor to describe her surroundings.  She teases her brother for doing this very thing in Chapter 1, but the reader soon learns that Karana uses metaphor often and naturally as a part of her normal speech patterns. She also uses personification, especially of animals, to describe her time alone. The animals she "adopts" as pets during her years on the island become her family, and she describes them as individuals with thoughts and feelings who regard her actions as people would.

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stopit | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2010 at 4:46 AM (Answer #2)

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similies and metaphors

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