The Phantom Tollbooth Figurative Language

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The Phantom Tollbooth Figurative Language

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The Phantom Tollbooth is full of figurative language including:

  • Similes
  • Hyperbole
  • Allegory
  • Idioms
  • And more!

In this activity, students will directly quote figurative language from the text, and display their understanding by creating a literal and figurative portrayal of it. In this novel, the figurative language is frequently meant literally in context, as shown in Example 3. Comprehending the figurative language is essential to comprehending the plot as a whole.

The first example includes several idioms:

“The duke here can make mountains out of molehills. The minister splits hairs. The count makes hay while the sun shines. The earl leaves no stone unturned.”

The second example demonstrates personification and alliteration:

“The late-afternoon sunlight leaped lightly from leaf to leaf, slid along branches and down trunks, and dropped finally to the ground in warm, luminous patches.”

The last quote is also an example of an idiom:

“I didn’t know that I was going to have to eat my words.”


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Create a storyboard that shows three examples of figurative language in The Phantom Tollbooth.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of figurative language in the text.
  3. Put the type of figurative language (such as simile or metaphor) in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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