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Personification: Giving life to the music of the village, Achebe presents the instruments as a living part of the tribe in order to stress their importance in this culture. “The drums beat and the flutes sang and the spectators held their breath.” (Pg. 3) In the following Figurative Language Chart , identify which type of figurative language is being used in the first space, and then explain the element in the second space. S - 79 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 80 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE CHART Page Example of Figurative Language Type of Figurative Language Explanation 130 “For two or three moons the sun had been gathering strength till it seemed to breathe a breath of fire on the earth.” Personification The sun has been getting so hot that it scorches the earth. 130 “All the grass had long been scorched brown, and the sands felt like live coals to the feet.” Simile The sand is compared to hot coals, which shows how hard it is to walk through it. 130 “When the rain finally came, it was in large, solid drops of frozen water which the people called “the nuts of the water of heaven.” Metaphor The falling hail is compared to hard nuts. 131 “But it was like beginning life anew without the vigor and enthusiasm of youth, like learning to become left-handed in old age.” Simile Okonkwo’s new life is hard for him and is compared to learning how to write with his left hand at an old age. 131 “He had been cast out of his clan like a fish onto a dry, sandy beach, panting.” Simile Okonkwo feels out of place in this new land‚ and he is compared to a fish out of water. 138 “And he was riding an iron horse.” Metaphor The man’s bicycle is described as an iron horse. 143 “…and the new faith was a mad dog that had come to eat it [the clan] up.” Metaphor The Christian missionaries are compared to mad dogs that attack and eat anything in their way. 147 “The words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth.” Simile Nwoye’s heart has been empty of any feeling but hatred for his father, and now the words of the missionaries comforted him.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE CHART S - 81 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart Page Example of Figurative Language Type of Figurative Language Explanation 130 “For two or three moons the sun had been gathering strength till it seemed to breathe a breath of fire on the earth.” 130 “All the grass had long been scorched brown, and the sands felt like live coals to the feet.” 130 “When the rain finally came, it was in large, solid drops of frozen water which the people called “the nuts of the water of heaven.” 131 “But it was like beginning life anew without the vigor and enthusiasm of youth, like learning to become left-handed in old age.” 131 “He had been cast out of his clan like a fish onto a dry, sandy beach, panting.” 138 “And he was riding an iron horse.”
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