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Figurative Language
How authors create sensory images
in texts
Types of Figurative Language
Sound devices
Rhetorical question
Figurative Language in The Book Thief
Figurative language is an important feature of Marcus Zusak’s
style and contributes a lot to his authorial voice. Here are
some definitions of the most common figurative language
used in novels:
• SIMILE: when the subject is compared to another subject,
using the words like, as or such.
• METAPHOR: describes a direct comparison between two or
more seemingly unrelated objects.
• PERSONIFICATION: Gives animals and objects human traits
and qualities. These may include sensations, emotions,
desires, gestures, expressions and powers of speech.
Figurative Language in The Book Thief
Zusak uses a lot of this figurative language to express Death’s
perception of the events around him so we also get to
understand a lot about the narrative voice and point of view
from this imagery.
• Choose one quote containing figurative language that has
particularly captured you imagination.
• Draw your visual representation or picture of this quote,
making sure to include the quote as part of the picture.
• Write a PEE paragraph explaining the significance of the
quote. Engage with the quote at word level during your
explanation. (Put the paragraph on the back of the picture.)
• We will present these as part of a gallery walk.
Figurative Language in The Book Thief
Use a quote from the novel (some examples are
provided) and interpret it creatively from the
image in your mind’s eye onto paper. Then,
write a half page description of your picture and
use this to present your ideas to other students
in a small group situation.
Figurative Language in The Book Thief
• “I travelled the globe as always, handing souls to the conveyer
belt of eternity” (Death, 23).
• “I do not carry a sickle or scythe. I only wear a hooded black
robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial
features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance”
(Death, 329).
• “Five hundred souls. I carried them in my fingers like suitcases.
Or I’d throw them over my shoulder” (Death, 359).
• “This time, his voice like a fist, freshly banged on the table. (136)
• “The soft spoken words fell off the side of the bed, emptying
onto the floor like powder” (67).
• “Everything was so desperately noisy in the dark when he was
alone. Each time he moved, there was the sound of a crease. He
felt like a man in a paper suit”(152).
Exemplar PEE Paragraph
This quote really captures the intense mental anguish
that prolonged solitude has brought to Max. The word
‘desperately’ captures the overriding emotion that drives
Max’s conviction to stay in the dark. We feel that
desperation has made him accept any situation but it also
means he is constantly agitated, both physically and
mentally. The contrast of the active ‘noisy’ mind contrasts
with the fear of movement. The image of a ‘paper suit’
definitely shows his fear of movement and how he is illprepared for the life he now leads. We know that max is
a physical man, a fist fighter, who is used to activity so
this must be especially challenging for him.