Figurative Language

By: Debbie Froese


A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using like or as.

Example of simile from "The Most Dangerous Game"

He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come, but it was like trying to see through a blanket.


A metaphor is a figure of speech in which something is being compared to something else.

Example of metaphor from The Hunger Games

It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman.


Personification is the act of attributing human qualities to an object.

Example of personification from "The Scarlet Ibis"

Beside the stream, he planned, we'd build us a house of whispering leaves and the swamp birds would be our chickens.


A hyperbole is obvious and intentional exageration.

Example of hyperbole from "The Most Dangerous Game"

"This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney."


Alliteration is the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter.

Example of alliteration from "The Scarlet Ibis"

Slowly, while singing softly Shall We Gather at the River, he carried the bird around to the front yard and dug a hole in the flower garden, next to the petunia bed.

Video with figurative language

A day without you is like a year without rain. (Simile)