Figurative Language

Brisingr By Christopher Paolini

"'Eragon is the keystone of our hopes,'" (Paolini 160).


This is an example of a metaphor because it is comparing this person to a keystone without using like or as. It is implying that this person is very important and is essential to their quest.

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"Within a minute, the knot inside his gut loosened..." (Paolini 194).


This is an example of a metaphor because it is comparing the sick feeling in his stomach to a knot in his stomach.

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Similes
"A slight remnant of the feeling continued to aggravate him, like a splinter burrowing underneath his skin," (Paolini 197).


This is an example of a simile because it is comparing something that is aggravating him to a splinter burrowing underneath his skin using like or as.

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"A wind sprang up from the east and raced across the plains..." (Paolini 209)


This is an example of personification because saying that the wind sprang up and raced across the plains is giving the wind human like characteristics.