Figurative Language



a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid

"leaving me like a plucked bird" (page 61)


a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

"Katniss, the girl who was on fire"


the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

"With both of us hunting daily, there are still nights when games has to be swapped for lard or shoelaces or wool, still nights when we go to bed with our stomachs growling." (page 9)


Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

"But the money ran out and we were slowly starving to death." (Page 27)


an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.

"Right now, it's silent as a stone." (page 5)