What are examples of figurative language from Part Three and Part Four of The Book Thief?

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One example of figurative language in Part Three is "Perhaps it was her first realization that criminality spoke for itself" on page 126. This is an example of personification, or giving something that is not human, such as criminality, human qualities. The author uses this figure of speech to...

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One example of figurative language in Part Three is "Perhaps it was her first realization that criminality spoke for itself" on page 126. This is an example of personification, or giving something that is not human, such as criminality, human qualities. The author uses this figure of speech to emphasize that Liesel's supposed criminality has taken over her personality now and that it is apparent to her father. Later on the same page (126), there is another example of figurative language: "This time, his voice was like a fist, freshly banged on the table." This is an example of a simile, a comparison using "like" or "as." In this simile, the father's voice is compared to a fist to emphasize its strength and the anger with which he expresses himself.

In Part Four, on page 175, there is the following example of personification: "Cold sweat--that malignant little friend--outstaying its welcome in the armpits and trousers." Personification makes the sweat seem as real, bitter, and permanent as a person, and it emphasizes the way in which the sweat lingered in an unwelcome way on the fighting men. On page 182, there is the following simile, "He could already taste the error, like a metal tablet in his mouth." In this example of figurative language, Hans Hubermann knows that his ethics will not allow him to join the NSDAP, or Nazi Party. He knows that this decision will be very difficult for him and that he will suffer greatly as a result of having made it. The author emphasizes the difficulty of Hans's decision by comparing it to having an acidic metal tablet in his mouth. 

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