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What literary devices are employed in the book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins? At least 5 examples with the page numbers in the book.

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In the novel Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins, there are many different literary devices.

First,Collins provides multiple examples of imagery. Imagery is

the forming of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things. It is also the use of language to represent actions, persons, objects, and ideas descriptively. This means encompassing the senses also, rather than just forming a mental picture.

An example of imagery appears on page three of the novel.

I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.

Here, the quote provides a very vivid picture for the reader. One can see Katniss grasping a cold tea cup, shivering against the frigid air. Here, the words chosen by Collins offer a very specific and vivid picture.

Second, and also appearing on page three, is an example of a hyperbole.A hyperbole, according to eNotes, is "obvious and deliberate exaggeration or an extravagant statement." Here is the quote which examples a hyperbole from the novel:

If a pack of wild dogs were to appear at this moment, the odds of scaling a tree before they attacked are not in my favor.

This quote qualifies as a hyperbole based upon the fact that Katniss is making an "extravagant statement."

Third, and again appearing on page three, is an example of personification. Personification is where "abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are endowed with human form, character, traits, or sensibilities." Therefore, when Katniss speaks about the sun, and gives it the capability of dragging her, personification has been used.

I can't fight the sun. I can only watch helplessly as it drags me into a day that I've been dreading for months.

A fourth example of a literary device found in the novel appears on page five. Again, Collins uses a hyperbole. Here, Katniss is describing how rich she is and uses a hyperbole to state it.

And here I am with buckets of money,far more than enough to feed both of our families now, and he won't take a single coin.

The hyperbole, in the quote above, is "buckets of money." Readers know that Katniss does not literally have "buckets of money" laying around; she is only saying this to illustrate that she is well off.

The last example of a literary device, as seen in Catching Fire, appears on page six. While typically seen in poetry, there are two examples of alliteration in two of the lines. (Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry.) While the novel is not poetic, alliteration still exists in the two following phrases: "designated dwelling" and "drop dead." IN both, the "d" sound is repeated.

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Metaphor - The actual title of the book Catching fire is a metaphor, because you cannot actually catch fire.
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