Figurative Language

In Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Example One: Idiom

"Then I slept like the dead for nine hours, and it still wasn't enough. I've been asleep on my feet since lunch, and I can't exactly go up to my room to take a nap. Snow would probably sit across from me and watch" (Rowell 201).

Definition of F.O.S.: Idiom

An expression common to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of the words.

Example Two: Simile

"Flibbetigibbets don't attack people, not usually. But they came in through the classroom window last week and surrounded me like a chattering orange cloud. The worst part was that dry, sucking feeling that always accompanies the Humdrum's attacks" (Rowell 114).

Definition of F.O.S.: Simile

A figure of speech that compares two unlike things using like or as.

(Little known fact: Hyperbole's Great-Great-Great-Aunt twice removed on his dad's side was the first human to ever use a simile!)

Example Three: Personification

"After seven years in the World of Mages. I still reach for my sword first; I know it'll come when I call. My wand comes, but then, half the time, it plays dead" (Rowell 168).