Figurative Language In Tall Tales

Figurative language describes something through the
use of unusual comparisons to make things clearer.
The result of using this technique is the creation of
interesting images in our minds.
One of the most important elements of tall tales is
exaggeration. Figurative language helps writers
incorporate exaggeration.
Two Kinds of Figurative Language
A metaphor compares two unlike things by saying one thing is the other.
"My baby sister's a doll," you might say, compares your sister's size and sweetness to
that of the perfection of a doll. At another time you might say, "My brother is a rat."
This compares your brother to the nastiest little creature you can think of. In both
cases you would be making a metaphor - a form of comparison that directly
compares two unlike things. A metaphor wastes no time in getting to the point.
A Metaphor compares two unlike things using like and as.
If you said, "My sister is like a doll," or maybe, "My brother's as good as gold," you
would be making a simile - a form of comparison in which one thing is compared to
another unlike thing by using specific words of comparison like like and as.
Look at the following passages and notice how the
similes and metaphors help the story.
Even from his awkward position, he could see that she was
extraordinary-tall as a hickory sapling, with arms as big as a
keelboats tiller’s.
~Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind by Mary Pope Osborne
When Pecos Bill was a little baby, he was as tough as a pine
~Pecos Bill by Mary Pope Osborne
Look at the following passages and notice how
the similes and metaphors help the story.
The night John Henry was born the sky was as black as coal,
thunder rolled through the heavens, and the earth trembled.
~John Henry by Mary Pope Osborne
He was a tiger running after his prey.
~Hank Quickfire by Mrs. Hatt
His eyes were fireballs that burned holes into his enemies.
~Hank Quickfire by Mrs. Hatt
Today during writer’s workshop decide
where you would like to incorporate some
exaggeration and add at least one
metaphor and one simile to your story.
Try this!
Onomatopoeia is produced by a single word that
sounds like the thing it refers to: "Six burgers were
sizzling on the grill." "A snake slithered through the
Onomatopoeia is a great way to make your story
more exciting. Incorporate it into your writing.