Figurative Language in Huck Finn

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  • This quote is an example of personification. Personification is giving something that is inhuman or inanimate a human quality or characteristic. In this quote, the wind is given the human ability to whisper.
  • This quote is an example of alliteration. An alliteration is the occurrence of the same letter or sound in connected words. In this quote, the letter b, as well as its sound, is repeated many times.
  • "...and the trees thrashing around in the wind; then comes a h-whack!— bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-bum-bum-bum-bum—and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling..."
  • This quote is an example of a simile. A simile is a sentence or phrase that compares two objects using the words like or as. In this quote, a canoe is being compared to a duck.
  • This quote is an example of a literary device called onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia is the formation of a word by imitation of a sound made by that word.
  • "...and the wind was trying to whisper something to me..."
  • "...over the bank, and they was bowed and bent, and about ready to tumble in..."
  • "Well, all at once here comes a canoe; just a beauty, too, about thirteen or fourteen foot long, riding high like a duck."
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