Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What are some examples of figurative language in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

Expert Answers info

mchannah579 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write7 answers

starTop subject is Literature

There are many examples of figurative language in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Idioms are a type of figurative language and are expressions that are not meant to be taken literally. Some examples include "biting the hand that feeds you" (ch. 1), "quiet as a church mouse" (ch. 4), "back on the right track" and "the boys gotten out of hand" (ch. 9), and "walking on cat's feet" (ch. 11). None of these phrases can be taken literally.

Alliteration is when the same beginning sound is found in several consecutive words or phrases. Some examples are "silently slid" (ch. 3), "down deflated" (ch. 10), and "Mr. Morrison" and "baked brown" (ch. 10).

Imagery is when the author uses descriptive words to help create a picture in the reader's mind. One's imagination is engaged. Examples include the following: "In a black pan set on a high wire rack, peanuts roasted over the hickory fire as the waning light of day swiftly deepened into a fine velvet night speckled with white forerunners of a coming snow" (ch. 7); "crowded into the the kitchen with the boys and me, smelling the delicious aromas" (ch. 7); and "our backs propped against an old hickory or pine or walnut, our feet dangling lazily in the cool water" (ch. 10).

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Bridgett Sumner, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Hofstra University


calendarEducator since 2016

write1,544 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

In Chapter Five, as Cassie, Big Ma, Stacey, and TJ head for the market in Strawberry, it is three-thirty in the morning, and TJ is initially subdued—"but by dawn, when the December sun was creeping warily upward" he is "chattering like a cockatoo."

Wariness is a behavior attributable to people (or animals), not the sun, so this description is personification. The comparison of TJ to a bird is a simile.

In Chapter Six, Uncle Hammer speeds off to confront Mr. Simms about manhandling Cassie as "the car zoomed angrily down the drive"; this is another use of...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 605 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Domenick Franecki eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write4,280 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial