Literary DevicesPlease help me identify the use of figurative language (such as onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile etc)  in these 3 sentences AND explain how it affects the meaning of the sentence....

Literary Devices

Please help me identify the use of figurative language (such as onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile etc)  in these 3 sentences AND explain how it affects the meaning of the sentence.

1. "Do you smell my mimosa? It's like angel's breath this evening."

2.  The old house was the same, droopy and sick, but as we stared down the street we thought we saw an inside sutter move. Flick. A tiny, almost invisible movement, and the house was still.

3.  Zeebo cleared his throuat and read in a voice like the rumble of distant artillery.



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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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To help you with the meaning of the above devices, you need to consider the connotation of the device.

1.  Angel's breath would probably be sweet, light, fragrant in a very pleasing way which certainly heightens our understanding of the beauty of Miss Maudie's garden.

2.  Droopy and sick draw an image of fallen down, broken and decayed which matches our understanding of the Radley home.

3.  The voice like artillery makes us think of the rapid echo of a machine gun --  jarring, booming, and quick, so listening to Zeebo might be a less than pleasant experience.  This is softened slightly by the words rumble and distant because that implies that the sound isn't harsh and immediate.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The use of literary devices in literary works lends a beauty to the words that enables the expression of the author.   

1.  Miss Maudie's mimosa is so redolent that it is like angel's breath=a simile.

2.  The old house is droopy and sick, yet it manages to move and then be still = personification.

3.  Zeebo's throat is "like the rumble of distant artillery."  Here a comparison is made between two unlike things.  This is a simile

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lindzc | (Level 1) eNoter

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1. Simile

2. Personification

3. Simile

All figurative languge is used to help the reader have a clearer understanding of what is going on in the text.  The idea is to help them visualize or grasp a new and deeper significance.  This lends connotation to the general stiuation.  Personifing the house of instance lets the reader know it was full of character.  The house stands out and can be seen as a critical element in the setting and tone of the story.  The idea of both similes gives the reader insight into the temperment or character of the person being described as well as the opinion of the characters around them.

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samuraininja | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

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1. Simile- because the mimosa is compared to an "angel's breath"

2. Personification-because the house (a non living thing) is said to be "droppy and sick"

3. Simile- because Zeebo's voice is compared to "the rumble of distant artillery"

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