Figurative Language In The Pigman By Paul Zindel

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A great American mathematician, John W. Tukey, once said “The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.” This quote relates to stories because the author can use figurative language and descriptive language to paint a picture in the reader’s head. By using these, the author can almost assure the reader that they have the same vision as the author has. In the novel The Pigman by Paul Zindel, many examples of figurative language and descriptive adjectives are present to help the reader envision the story in their minds and to develop characters.
The Pigman includes a handful of figurative language examples to help the reader have a vision of the story. In chapter four, the author uses the following simile, “Norton had eyes like a mean mouse” to describe Norton’s eyes. Through the author’s use of a simile, the reader can portray a picture in my head of Norton’s eyes. Mean mice generally have small eyes that appear to be squinting. If Norton’s eyes are like a mean mouse’s eyes, then it is easy for the reader to understand and picture what his eyes look like. In the middle of the story on page 106, the author uses a metaphor to make a comparison. “I tried on a shiny blue suit that looked so worn I think Columbus must have sported it over to the New World.” This makes it abundantly clear to the reader that the blue suit was very old. The way the author worded this sentence, he can be nearly 100% positive, that the reader gets the

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