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Literary Devices in the Book Thief
Terms in this set (23)
"Mr. Steiner was the type of man who was very wooden. His voice was angular and true. His body was tall and heavy, like oak. His hair was like splinters" (59)
metaphor and simile; alex steiner
"Alex Steiner, who stood like a human-shaped block of wood, clapping slow and dutiful. And beautiful. Submission" (63)
simile; alex steiner
"She couldn't even see the words anymore. And the sun. That awful sun. It burst through the window-- the glass was everywhere-- and shone directly onto the useless girl. It shouted in her face. 'You can steal a book, but you can't read one!'" (77).
"He hugged her and then looked again at the picture, with a face of warm silver" (68).
"...She didn't see him watching as he played, having no idea that Hans Hubermann's accordion was a story. In the times ahead, that story would arrive at 33 Himmel Street in the early hours of morning, wearing ruffled shoulders and a shivering jacket. book, and two questions. A story. Story after story. Story within story" (71).
foreshadowing; the accordion
"When he was pushed out by the rest of his family, the relief struggled inside him like an obscenity" (193).
simile and personification; relief
"When Max heard the news, his body felt like it was being screwed up into a ball, like a page littered with mistakes. Like garbage"(194).
"Her plump figure glowed with worry" (197).
"The fear is shiny. Ruthless in the eyes" (199).
"'His hair is like feathers'" (216).
"He could transform a marching line into a dog's breakfast in the blink of an eye" (259).
metaphor; tommy muller
"...the guilt was already there. It was moist. The seed was already bursting into a dark-leafed flower" (285).
"She watched her gathered friendship with Ilsa Hermann and made sure to see it kicked in the shins and left by the wayside" (288).
"Mamer was a barrel of a man, with two small bullet holes to look out of. His teeth were like a soccer crowd, crammed in" (294).
"It was like a coat of paint on the situation, adding a little extra potency and atmosphere" (295).
"It was a year for the ages, like 79, like 1346, to name a few" (307).
allusion; 79, 1346
"It was a paradox. The colder he became, the more he melted" (316).
"Even the wrinkles around her eyes were joining hands" (474).
"Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I can hear the notes" (527).
"Another human pendulum. Another clock, stopped" (502).
"There was the smell of a freshly cut coffin. Black dresses. Enormous suitcases under the eyes" (506).
metaphor; tired eyes
"The world is an ugly stew" (520).
metaphor; the world
"Since the news had found him, Alex had been whittled away...That day on the steps, Alex Steiner was sawn apart" (547).
metaphor; alex steiner
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