Figurative Language Project
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The House on Mango Street
Boys and Girls
In the vignette The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Esperanza describes her house's windows as " so small you'd think they were holding their breath" (Cisneros 4). This figurative language is an example of personification because it's giving an object a human trait. The windows aren't really holding their breath, they're just really small.
In the vignette Hairs by Sandra Cisneros Esperanza describes her dad's hair as " like a broom, all up in the air. " ( Cisneros 6). This is an example of of a simile because it's comparing something with the word like. Her dad's hair isn't a broom but it kind of looks like it.
In the vignette Boys and Girls by Sandra Cisneros Esperanza describes herself, " I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor " (Cisneros 9). This is an example of a metaphor because it's comparing 2 dissimilar things. She's not a balloon but she feels like she should be able to do many things, but where she lives is holding her down.
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