What is figurative language like metaphors, imagery, symbolism, and similes used in the novel Five Feet Apart that explores the themes of love and death?

Figurative language is prevalent throughout Five Feet Apart. Examples include Stella describing her lungs as "a sea of mucus," and the symbolism of Stella deciding that she and Will should always stay five feet apart, rather than the prescribed six.

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Love, illness, and the threat of death are three prominent themes in Five Feet Apart, which is about two teenagers, Stella and Will, who meet in hospital and fall in love, both while suffering from life-threatening cystic fibrosis.

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Love, illness, and the threat of death are three prominent themes in Five Feet Apart, which is about two teenagers, Stella and Will, who meet in hospital and fall in love, both while suffering from life-threatening cystic fibrosis.

A metaphor is a figure of speech that uses a word that cannot be literally applied to the situation at hand. For example, early in the story, Stella describes the process of trying to get enough air into her lungs "through the sea of mucus." While the mucus in Stella's lungs is obviously not a sea, the metaphor paints an appropriate picture of Stella's struggle to breathe, and this metaphor helps the reader to understand the challenges that later exist between her and Will.

A great example of a simile can be found when Will is telling the readers about his first impression of Stella, the girl he will fall in love with. He states that her bubbly nature in greeting everyone makes it look "like she's putting on her personal Thanksgiving Day parade." A simile is a comparison that uses the word "like" or "as."

Symbolism is used throughout this novel to explore the theme of love, with Stella's reclaiming of the one foot that means the two must be "five feet apart" at all times symbolizing her rebellion against her disease and everything that it has stolen from her and Will.

Imagery, as the name implies, is text that creates a vivid picture in which the reader can immerse his her her senses. When Will is giving Stella lifesaving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Lippincott refers to the "warm, flowery scent of her perfume." This is a form of imagery designed to ignite the reader's olfactory sense.

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