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Figurative Language in To Kill a Mockingbird. Personification. “Mr. Radley’s older son lived in Pensacola; he came home at Christmas, and he was one of the few people we ever saw enter or leave the place. From the day Mr. Radley took Arthur home, people say the house died” (Lee 12).

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Figurative language in to kill a mockingbird

Figurative Language in To Kill a Mockingbird


Personification
Personification

  • “Mr. Radley’s older son lived in Pensacola; he came home at Christmas, and he was one of the few people we ever saw enter or leave the place. From the day Mr. Radley took Arthur home, people say the house died” (Lee 12).


Personification1
Personification

  • “The house was the same, droopy and sick, but as we stared down the street we thought we saw an inside shutter move. Flick. A tiny, almost invisible movement and the house was still” (Lee 15).


Personification2
Personification

  • “There he was, returning to me. His white shirt bobbed over the back fence and slowly grew larger. He came up the back steps, latched the door behind him, and sat on his cot” (Lee 55).


Metaphor
Metaphor

  • “Then I heard Atticus cough. I held my breath. Sometimes when we made a midnight pilgrimage to the bathroom we would find him reading” (Lee 57).


Metaphor1
Metaphor

  • “I had never thought about it, but summer was Dill by the fish pool smoking string, Dill’s eyes alive with complicated plans to make Boo Radley emerge; summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking…(Lee 116).


Metaphor2
Metaphor

  • “I knew when there was trouble in our street. Soft taffeta-like sounds and muffled scurrying sounds filled me with helpless dread” (Lee 69).


Simile
Simile

  • “The Radley place fascinated Dill. In spite of our warnings it drew him as the moon draws water…” (Lee 8).


Simile1
Simile

  • “Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum” (Lee 6).


Simile2
Simile

  • “It must have been two o’clock. The moon was setting and the lattice-work shadows were fading into fuzzy nothingness. Jem’s white shirt-tail dipped and bobbed like a small ghost dancing away to escape the coming morning” (Lee 57).


What did she use here
What did she use here?

  • “[Auntie said] I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year” (Lee 81).


What did she use here1
What did she use here?

2.“…the fruits of their industry (those that were not eaten) made the plot of ground around the cabin look like the playhouse of an insane child…” (Lee 170).


What did she use here2
What did she use here?

3.“…the business part of the meeting was blood-curdling, the social hour was dreary…She said no more. When Miss Maudie was angry her brevity was icy. Something had made her deeply angry, and her gray eyes were as cold as her voice” (Lee 233).


Create your own
Create your own!

  • You will take five word cards from the box.

  • Once you have these, you can arrange and rearrange them in any order you want to.

  • You will fill in the words that go between the cards.

  • Create at least one metaphor, one simile and one example of personification. You may use all, or some of the words. The more you use, the more interesting it will be.

  • Write them down.


Example
Example

Secret

Tiger

Frown

Thunder

Games

The tiger secretlyfrowned as the gamesthundered on.


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