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Advice needed for literary devices

Discussion in 'Teaching & Learning' started by lingjiewang, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. Hi all,

    I am helping my Year 4 son with reading comprehension questions. There are always questions regarding language techniques/devices. The most confusing one we found is regarding metaphor.

    Is the following one a metaphor or hyperbole? 'My heart froze'.

    Many thanks for your help!
  2. Owleyes00

    Owleyes00 New commenter

    A metaphor is compares two things that aren’t alike but share similar characteristics e.g. her tears were a river flowing down her cheeks

    A simile is saying something is like something else e.g. it was as big as a house

    A hyperbole is a type of exaggeration to make your point e.g his brain was the size of a pea.

    There are lots of others
  3. jonnymarr

    jonnymarr Occasional commenter

    "My heart froze' is a verb used as a metaphor. It did not literally freeze - the way the person felt did not cause an actual change in temperature in that person's heart. It only froze metaphorically. That's a linguistic device / a writer's tool / an image to show the reader how they felt. There are different types of metaphor. This one happens to be a verb.

    It is not an example of exaggeration (hyperbole) such as 'I've told you millions of times not to....' = they have told you many times, but not a million = exaggeration of something that's already on the same scale.

    Freezing is not actually what hearts do when you're scared etc ( unless you put them in a freezer and I don't think they include that type of example for Y4s! )

    Perhpas try this

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