Nick M The use of similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperboles. This language is not literal. Simile She is as sneaky as a cat He hit the ball like a bullet from a gun Onomatopoeia Boom Crash Ding screech “It was like a scorpion at the edge of my mind, waiting to strike.” Homeless Bird Chapter 8 Figurative language is important because it is used in so many ways in literacy. One way is when the writer of a story wants to entertain people by putting figurative language in a story. They do this to show noises, or something inanimate do a human characteristic. So figurative language is very important to literacy, and it’s fun.