In Catching Fire, "Peeta's eyes flutter open." What does "eyes flutter open" mean?

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Dictionary.com defines "flutter" as "to move in quick, irregular motions; vibrate."

Based on this definition, the meaning of "Peeta's eyes flutter open" is that Peeta did not just open his eyes smoothly, but that his eyes opened in a series of irregular movements.

Other examples for the word "flutter" are "the butterfly's wings fluttered open" or "the leaves fluttered in the wind." The word is usually used to show a waving back and forth.

Strong writers must use descriptive language so that the readers can imagine themselves in the story. By including "flutter" in the description, Suzanne Collins not only tells the reader that Peeta opens his eyes, she also shows how

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it means they open gracefully and quickly like a butterfly's wings.

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