What are three samples of figurative language that Michael Shaara used in The Killer Angels?
There are endless examples of figurative language in Michael Shaara's Civil War novel, The Killer Angels. Figurative language can include a variety of literary devices, including the simile, metaphor, cliche, personification, hyperbole, etc.
- ... the dust hung above the army like a yellow veil. (Harrison, Part 1, Chapter 1). This simile compares the thick dust to a colored veil.
- ... he awoke to a murderous sun (Chamberlain, Part 1 Chapter 2). The sun cannot literally murder in this personification, since murder is a human trait.
- He felt an eerie fragility, like a piece of thin glass in a high hot wind (Chamberlain, Part 1, Chapter 2). This simile compares his fragile state of mind to a piece of glass about to be broken in a strong wind.
- The great roar was composed of a thousand different rips and whispers... like a great orchestra of death (Part 4, Chapter 3). The first part is a hyperbole, an exaggeration of the roar of battle; the second part is a simile, comparing the noise to an orchestra.