In the Words of Poe: Figurative Language Dissected

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Simile

Comparison of two things using "like" or "as"

Poe's example of smilie:
"I opened the door so a single dim ray, like the thread of a spider shot out from the crevice"--"The Tell Tale Heart"

Our example:
"The light shined as bright as the sun"

Metaphor

A comparison of two objects without using "like" or "as"; the two objects should be related in some way

Poe's example of metaphor:
"I had walled the monster (cat) up in th tomb!"--"The Black Cat"

Our Example:
This shirt is paper thin

Personification

Applying human qualities to inanimate objects or abstract ideas; making nonliving things come to life

Poe's example of Personification:
"Death had enveloped the victim."--"The Tell Tale Heart"

Our Example:
The chair was jumping up in down

Alliteration

The repetition of the beginning sounds of words next to each other (resemble tounge twisters)

Poe's example of Alliteraion:
"During the whole dull, dark, soundless day in the autumn of the year, I had been passing alone on a dreary tract of land."--"The Fall of the House of Usher"

Our Example: Mrs. Mary Marie Very Much Liked Sweet, Salted, Sauted Onions

Onomatopoeia

Use of words to imitate natural sounds

Poe's Example of Onomatopoeia:
"I was answered by a voice from within the tomb-at first like the sobbing of a child then a howling -a wailing shreik."--"The Black Cat "

Our Example: The ball screamed as it fell into the glove

Hyperbole

Great or extravagant exaggeration(unrealistic statment)

Poe's example of Hyperbole:
"the white trunks of decayed trees turn his heart to ice."--"The Fall of The House of Usher"

Our Example: The pumpkin was as big as Texas

The room was an oven and the students were baking in the sun

Metaphor

The slimy snail slowly snuck across the busy sidewalk

Alliteration

Crash went the glass on the hard til floor below

Onomatopoeia

The cool wind kissed my check as i walked home from school

Personification

I have a ton of homework every night

Hyperbole

The rain fell like bullets from the black sky

Simile

Kind of Conflict:
External

Character vs. Character
Character vs. Nature
Character vs. Society

Kind of conflict:
Internal

Character vs. Self

Narrator does not take death seriously

Masque of the Red Death

Narrator commits murder

Black Cat & Tell Tale Heart

Resolution comes at the begging of the story (THINK OF FLASHBACK)

Black Cat & Tell Tale Heart

A fire destroys all but one wall of a house

Black Cat

The narrator's guilt gives him away

Tall Tale Heart

The Raven

The Narrator is reading and dozes off
The Raven enter and sits upon the statue
The Narrator questions the bird about Lenore
The Narrator screams at the bird to leave

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