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The Prompt. Select one piece of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification) from “Salvador Late or Early” and analyze its figurative meaning. What needs to be included in the STATE in order to answer the question?

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the prompt
The Prompt

Select one piece of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification) from “Salvador Late or Early” and analyze its figurative meaning.

What needs to be included in the STATE in order to answer the question?

  • Identify the figurative language you will be analyzing in your paragraph.
  • Say how it is used to make a comparison
  • Explain how that comparison has an impact on the story, and/or your reading of the story.
the needs w ork ies
The “Needs Work-ies”

In the short story “Salvador…” the author Sandra Cisneros uses descriptive, vivid language to get the message across about a boy who lives in a poor environment. The quote chosen helps us to see what Salvador looks life as the author uses figurative language to deeply affect the reader. “Salvador inside that wrinkled shirt…limbs stuffed with feathers and rags…” (Cisneros). This quote shows that Salvador came from a poor environment and may be starved. Readers can conclude that Salvador is abused. Child abuse is a major issue and the author highlights this topic very well.

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The “Needs Work-ies”

In the short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros the author uses metaphors to describe how unfortunate Salvador’s circumstances are. Cisneros describes Salvador as “a boy who is no one’s friend, runs along somewhere in that vague direction where homes are the color of bad weather” (Cisneros). This metaphor shows that Salvador is a boy who doesn’t have any friends because he has to care for his family. The metaphor also shows his environment and how he lives in a bad area of town because he cant afford much. This matters because the metaphor is a great description.

the goodies
The Goodies

The short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros uses similes to explain how Salvador disappears. Cisneros explains that after school Salvador, “flutters in the air before disappearing like a memory of kites” (Cisneros). The author is saying that Salvador is unknown by his classmates. Similar to how when kites are let go of, one may have a very short memory of what it once looked like. Slowly the kite gets further and further away until is disappears, much like the simile describes Salvador as doing. Ultimately, Salvador is just a memory, and this simile helps readers to understand how fleeting his presence is. No one knows who he is, he is just a person that others forget to acknowledge.

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The Goodies

The short story “Salvador..” by Cisneros uses metaphors to illustrate the pain that Salvador has gone through in his life. The author shows the trauma by describing Salvador as a “forty-pound body…geography of scars” (Cisneros). The metaphor used helps the reader to visualize the pain that has been inflicted on Salvador. The word “geography” makes the reader imagine that these are everywhere, and possibly cover his whole body. There are many children who suffer abuse every day and this is an important issue that Cisneros draws our attention to.

tid bits
  • AVOID 1st/2nd person POV in this kind of writing!
    • Take out the “I’s” and the “you’s”
  • I didn’t mark you off if you did not cite the quote correctly this time, but I will do so next time!!!
  • If you received a 10/10, great job. That means your paragraph was great!
  • If you received a 9/10, then you were very close. You probably only left out one small element in the paragraph.
  • If you received an 8/10 or lower, you did not complete a major element of the paragraph correctly.

If you received a 8 or lower on this assignment, you will need to submit a revised paragraph (on the back of your original paragraph) until it fully answers the prompt and meets requirements. This is due to me by next class, but you can submit it as you finish. See me during block 7 for help!