FIGURATIVE SPEECH FIGURE a person in a painting COMPARISON showing the similarities between two different things ^_^Youmust be kidding! SPEECH WHAT IS FIGURATIVE SPEECH? CORRECT! Yousimplypaintmentalimages in thereader’smindbymakingcomparisonsbetweentwo DIFFERENT things.
WHAT WOULD YOU COMPARE SOMEONE TO IF THEY WERE...? VERY HUNGRY VERY KIND VERY SLOW VERY STRONG He is hungrylike an elephant. She is like an angel. He’sslow as an ox. He is stronglike a bull.
Figurative language does not onlypoint at exactly sborsth, but instead forces the reader to make an IMAGINATIVE LEAP to a muchdifferentthingthat has something in common.
LEAPS WE HAVE MADE IN THE EXAMPLES FROM TO A KINDHEARTED PERSON AN ANGEL A HUNGRY PERSON AN ELEPHANT AN OPPORTUNIST A JACKAL A WORKAHOLIC A ROBOT
“Tomspokelike a machinegun in class.” COMPARISON Tom is comparedto a machinegunregardingthequickway he speaks. IMAGINATIVE LEAP Weimagine his wordslike a volley of bulletsand his mouthlike a tommygun. Thislets us imaginethat he leftalmost no roomforothersto say much, orpeople had difficulty in following his words. OTHERWISE
LEAPS IN THE GIFT OF THE MAGI FROM TO DELLA’S BEAUTIFUL HAIR RIPPLING AND SHINING LIKE A CASCADE WHEN DELLA QUICKLY MOVES TO SHOW HER PRESENT LIKE A SINGED CAT
LEAPS IN THE GIFT OF THE MAGI FROM TO LIKE A CONEY ISLAND CHORUS GIRL DELLA’S HAIRLESS STATE LIKE A TRUANT SCHOOL BOY
LEAPS IN THE GIFT OF THE MAGI FROM TO JIM AND DELLA’S GIFTS THE GIFT OF THE MAGI IMMOVABLE AS A SETTER AT THE SCENT OF A QUAIL JIMS’S TRANSFIXED STATE
AS YOU SEE,... WE MAKE LOTS OF IMAGINATIVE LEAPS TO CREATE MENTAL IMAGES IN THE READER’S MIND, BUT LITERATURE ISN’T ONLY ALL ABOUT LEAPS. IF SO, WE WOULD CALL IT LEAPERATURE , NOT LITERATURE!...