Literary Analysis Of Friday Night Lights

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“Friday Night Lights” is a true story about a run-down town in Texas called Odessa. There are two high schools in Odessa, Odessa High School and Permian High School. The “slums” of the town were usually where the minorities lived, compared to the nicer parts of the town where the whites lived. When the two schools were combined, a black politician started a movement to s bring together the minorities and whites. The minority school was shut down (which is not what was intended) and the better athletes were sent to Permian High and the rest were sent to Odessa High. Because Permian was better known for their athletics, they received all the more athletic minorities. As the story moves along, Boobie Miles, the star running back for the…show more content…
It is also comparing the area as an unmeasurable end of the earth, possibly comparing it to many instances in life. The third and final use of personification includes, “It was in Odessa that I found those Friday night lights, and they burned with more intensity than I had ever imagined.” (Bessinger Preface) This compares the “burning of the lights” to that of something related to a fire, electricity, etc. Figure of speech is defined as a word or phrase that has a meaning other than the literal meaning. The first example in this novel includes, “But he had held up under the physical punishment, two, or three, or four tacklers driving into him on many of the plays, the risk always there that they would take a sweet-shot at his knee…a jolting twack that sounded like a head-on car collision.” (Bessinger 2) This quote gives an example using the term “sounded like a head-on car collision” to exaggerate the sound of the hit that Boobie Miles took. Another quote example describes, “He felt good when he left the little white house that he lived in, where a green pickup truck sat in the bare, litter-strewn yard like a wrecked boat washed up on the shore.” (Bessinger 3) This exaggerates the comparison of the yard of the house to a “washed up boat on shore” by giving you an image of a completely destroyed yard. The final example of figure of speech used in this book involves, “He felt good at the pep
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