Focus on Figurative Language “A Sound of Thunder” by yurtgc548


									Focus on Figurative Language
   “A Sound of Thunder”

             by Ray Bradbury

   The author describes characters in the story to give
    the reader an idea of what kind of person the
    character is.
   Pick out these aspects of the characters to gain
    insight about who they are, how they think and how
    they may or may not act:
    –   Speech
    –   Thoughts
    –   Emotions
    –   Actions
    –   Looks

   Think “character traits”
   What does the character
    –   Speaks like (ex: accent, slang, dialect, stutter…)

    –   Thinks like (ex: ideas, beliefs, expectations…)

    –   Feels like (ex: emotional, sad, reactions to…)

    –   Acts like (ex: dramatic, thoughtful, jumpy…)

    –   Looks like (ex: tall, smelly, blue eyes, shabby…)

   Helps the reader remember the character
   Makes the story believable and involves the
   Helps the reader understand motivation

   The description in the story that affects our 5
    senses. (sight, touch, sound, taste, smell)

Ex: Though I was tired and my leg had a
  sharp cramp, I hobbled through the hot and
  steamy forest. I could smell the rotting leaves
  as they squished under my feet like piles of
  peeled, fleshy grapes.

   Allows the reader to feel, see, touch, hear,
    sense what is going on. This figurative
    language makes you feel like you are there.

   Sequence of events in the story
    –   Exposition
    –   Rising action
    –   Climax
    –   Falling action
    –   Resolution

   The overlying message the author is trying to
   Examples:
    –   Good overcomes evil
    –   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
    –   Love conquers all

   Think:
    –   Does the book have something to say about the
        way people behave in a certain situation?
    –   Does the book teach a concept such as war, love,
        hate, friendship?
    –   Does the book try to convince you to act in a
        certain way?

   The author gives you clues or hints early in
    the story to suggest what will happen later

   Why?
    –   It helps create suspense
    –   Prepares the reader for what will happen (climax
        or resolution)
    –   Keeps the reader engaged

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