Sunday, March 15, 2009
Discussion 3- Figurative Language and Literary Elements
Figurative language plays a key part in The Book Thief because it adds to the style of the story, especially when it is narrated by death. An example of this in The Book Thief is on page 99, "Before she could answer, the wooden spoon came down on Liesel Meminger's body like the gait of God. Red marks like footprints, and they burned." This is when Liesel gets hit by her foster mother with a wooden spoon. The figurative language, like similes, really help to understand what the character is going through. Like the example on page 99, if you have never been hit by a wooden spoon, then you probably wouldn't know that the red marks that it makes, are like footprints. These descriptions make the book so much easier to understand and you can really get a clear picture of what's going on. Death is the character that most frequently uses the figurative language, but sometimes, the other characters that are actually in the story do too. The most commonly used literary element in the book so far, seems to be similes, but they are really helpful and usually very descriptive. Zusak does a really good job when know to use this language and which character to have say it. The figurative language is an important part of the style, that is used in the book.