"A Hyperbole is an obvious and deliberate exaggeration or an extravagant statement. It is a figure of speech not intended to be taken literally since it is exaggeration for the sake of mphasis. Hyperbole is a common poetic and dramatic device." One good example of a hyperbole is at the beginning of the story when Squeaky is introducing her self to the reader. She states, And if things get too rough, I run. And as anybody can tell you, I'm the fastest thing on two feet." This statement is not to be taken literally, but does give the reader a good idea of the narrator's personality.
A metaphor is a comparison of one thing to another without the use of like or as. " It is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to a person, idea, or object to which it is not literally applicable. It is an unstated comparison which imaginatively identifies one thing with another." A good example of a metaphor is when Squeaky and Raymond are walking down the street after the confrontation with Gretchen. Squeaky states, "So me and Raymond smile at each other and he says, “Gidyap” to his team and I continue with my breathing exercises, strolling down Broadway toward the ice man on 145th with not a care in the world cause I am Miss Quicksilver herself." Squeaky compares her self to Quicksilver however she does not use the terms like or as within the comparison.