What is an example of a simile that Suzanne Collins uses in Catching Fire?
A simile is a type of figurative language, one that makes a comparison between two things that seem different at first. Unlike a metaphor, which also compares two things that seem different, a simile uses the words "like" or "as" in the comparison. The purpose of a simile, and all figurative language, is to paint a picture with words for the reader, to make the story come alive a bit more. A simile can make something new or foreign to readers seem more familiar, but it can also make something too familiar or cliché seem fresh and new with a surprising comparison.
"It's jarring to see him surrounded by the ordinary objects in the room. Like taking the lid off a pot a finding a fanged viper instead of stew" (pg 21).
This simile compares the evil President Snow to a viper, lurking in something familiar and comfortable, like Katniss's home or a cooking pot, and waiting to strike when least expected.
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