What is an example of hyperbole in "All Summer in a Day"?
There is hyperbole in the title of "All Summer in a Day," as well as in the descriptions of how heavy the rain is, and how long life has remained the same.
First things first: what is hyperbole? This word refers to exaggerated statements or claims that are not meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are a useful device in the creation of a story or the description of a character.
In this particular story, the incessant rain is the best example of hyperbole. Venus is described as a place in which it rains all year long, except for one hour every seven years in which the sun comes out. A basic understanding of biology tells us that it it highly improbably that any life-sustaining ecosystem could survive these conditions.
In addition, the way that our protagonist, Margot, is described is tainted by hyperbole. She is described in a metaphor as "an old photograph dusted from an album", which makes it sound as though she is about to crumble away into nothingness. While this cannot be true in a practical sense, it is an apt description of a girl pining for the sun, and for her old life on earth.
Later, her face is described as being "pale snow"....
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