What are some types of figurative language in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

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One type of figurative language that Rudyard Kipling uses throughout The Jungle Book is anthropomorphization. This means endowing animals with human characteristics. At one point or another throughout the story, all of the animals act in ways that seem human. Their social organization, such as in the Pack Council, is shown as paralleling that of humans. From the beginning, Kipling has the animals speak as humans do, when he presents a conversation between the “chief,” Father Wolf, and Tabaqui the jackal.

Descriptive figurative language abounds in the book. Kipling frequently uses both similes and metaphors. Simile is comparison of unlike things for effect, using “like” or “as,” while metaphor is direct comparison. He says that Bagheera the Black Panther has markings “like the pattern of watered silk” and that his voice is “as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree….” In describing what Mowgli learned from Father Wolf, Kipling uses a metaphor ash He compares the knowledge...

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