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  • Pun
  • Euphamism
  • Personification
  • Definition: a play on words where a word or phrase is used differently than typically expected Purpose: emphasize a main idea or call attention to  something Example: " "Ezra, I-I-," Charlotte babbled. "I didn't think you were coming." "I think he was about to," I muttered sourly " (Page 9) Explanation: He's joking about his girlfriend cheating on him and calling attention to the bad situation
  • Oxymoron
  • Definition: a less harsh way of phrasing something Purpose: establish mood or tone Example: "Hey, Ezra," toby whispered loudly. "Get a nicotine patch, buddy?" (Page 20) Explanation: Toby and Ezra had wanted to get out of the rally 
  • Similie
  • Definition: giving characteristics to nonhuman things Purpose: create mental pictures for the readers Example: "A bee census?" he suggested. "Anyhow, I'm going to buy stock in honey" (Page 18) Explanation: This causes toby and Ezra to start talking to eachother
  • Metaphor
  • Definition: two opposite terms are used together Purpose: to describe or exaggerate something   Example: "I had just turned seventeen, was embarrassingly popular...(Page 5) Explanation: Ezra was very popular and this tells us this
  • Definition: uses like or as to compare two or more dissimilar things Purpose: call attention to something Example: "...how the kid's head sailed backward in its mouse-ear hat like some sort of grotesque helicopter." (Page 3) Explanation: to describe the flying head situation in a way you would better understand
  • Definition: one thing is compared to another thing by saying it is another Purpose: emphasize a main idea Example: "It's amazing how quickly gold can tarnish" (Page 16) Explanation: make light of the situation and explain ezra's fading popularity
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