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Figurative Language: Passages taken from Holes
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James Gillray. Do you love these statements, or hate them? The reading world gets pretty divided over whether or not it's okay to apply metaphors and similes to descriptive science writing. It even gets hot and bothered over the use of that most practical parent of metaphors - the analogy. For example, in my book, Gravity's Engines , I presented a discussion of some of the most extreme and complex astrophysical phenomena in the known universe - black holes - by deploying a whole battleship's worth of analogy, metaphor, simile, and just about anything else I could lay my hands on just as I did there. In some quarters this went down a treat, in others not so much. Of course it's easy to get carried away, slathering on a few too many layers of metaphorical comparison until the poor reader doesn't know whether to imagine falling off a cosmological cliff or diving into a collapsing souffle of intergalactic gas yeah, sorry, that was me.
My name is Angeline. My favourite class is PE. Those are my two dogs Fluffy Brown Max White. All Holes. Reflections Writing.
Hot, Heavy Air (Simile)
I would imagine there would be. There are similes in almost any book you pick.
This simile clearly illustrates Stanley's uncomfortable situation and his lack of agency. The author creates a claustrophobic atmosphere and a strong sense that the character is trapped against his will, which is certainly the case. He is being shipped off to a hard labor camp for a crime he did not commit. He is being restrained by more than just handcuffs: the justice system is working against him, as is, more importantly for the rest of the novel, his family curse. Stanley isn't truly free because success is impossible for him as long as the Yelnats family is still under Madame Zeroni's curse.