What are some good lines with literary devices or figurative language from the first five parts of The Book Thief?

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  1. Quote: "A suddenness found its way onto his lips then, which were a corroded brown color and peeling, like old paint."

Literary Device: simile

Page:part 1, page 16

Explanation: This quote is a simile. It compares two things (lips to old paint) using "like" or "as."

2. Quote: "The book thief had struck for the first time—the beginning of an illustrious career."

Literary Device: foreshadowing

Page: part one, page 22

Explanation: This quote shows foreshadowing, hinting at events to come later in the story (stealing other books).

3. Quote: "Within seconds, snow was carved into her skin."

Literary Device: hyperbole

Page: part one, page 18

Explanation: This quote contains hyperbole, an extreme exaggeration (the snow is hitting her hard, but not actually being "carved into her skin").

4. Quote: "They ignore the reality that a new version of the same old problem will be waiting at the end of the trip—the relative you cringe to kiss."

Literary Device: metaphor

Page: part one, page 19

Explanation: This quote is a metaphor, which compares two things (a new version of an old problem to a relative you cringe to kiss) by saying that they are equivalent.

5. Quote: "...the boy’s spirit was soft and cold, like ice cream."

Literary Device: simile

Page: part one, page 17

Explanation: This quote is a simile. It compares two things (the spirit to ice cream) using "like" or "as."

6. Quote: "...empty hat-stand trees..."

Literary Device: metaphor

Page: part one, page 21

Explanation: This quote is a metaphor, which compares two things (hat stands to trees) by saying that they are equivalent.

7. Quote: "Ash stumbled from its edge and lunged and lifted several times until it hit the ground."

Literary Device: personification

Page: part one, page 21

Explanation: This quote shows personification, which is making an inanimate object (the ash) show a human characteristic (stumbling, lunging).

8. Quote: "There is murky snow spread out like carpet."

Literary Device: simile

Page: part one, page 21

Explanation: This quote is a simile. It compares two things (snow to carpet) using "like" or "as."

9. Quote: "...apartment blocks that look nervous."

Literary Device: personification

Page: part one, page 21

Explanation: This quote shows personification, which is making an inanimate object (the house) show a human characteristic (nervousness).

10. Quote: "But she did love Liesel Meminger. Her way of showing it just happened to be strange. It involved bashing her with wooden spoons and words at various intervals."

Literary Device: irony

Page: part one, page 25

Explanation: This quote shows an example of irony, which occurs when the author says one thing but means the opposite.

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