#7 Your hyperbole is as light as a feather.

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Once again, for the sake of the audience at large, this blog post is designed for anyone and everyone who wishes to read a classic novel, delve into its literary significance, and comment on it for the whole world to see.

Today’s discussion deals with hyperbole. If you’re not sure what a hyperbole is, click on the links provided. You can read up on it. You’ll need to know the true meaning of a hyperbole, in order to complete today’s literary challenge:

  1. State your novel’s title and author.
  2. Find an example of a hyperbole used in your classic novel.
  3. Quote that example in your comment.
  4. Discuss.

I know, I know, it’s the “discuss” part that’s vague, right? So let me throw some questions at you. What is the literal meaning of the hyperbole? What is the metaphorical meaning of the hyperbole? Why did the character in your novel (or the author/narrator) use this hyperbole? How did it add weight to the tone or mood in the novel? Do people still use that hyperbole today? If not, why not? Is it only relevant in times gone by? Why is that?

These are just a few ways you might “discuss” the hyperbole of your choice.


23 responses »

  1. Robinson Crusoe
    By:Daniel Defoe

    “I am divided from mankind, a solitare, one bannished from humane society.”

    It says to be divided from mankind.

  2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

    “You’ve got us in a box, Jem”.

    The character was saying that her brother put them in a situation and it’s going to be hard to get out of it.

  3. The Swiss Family Robinson By Johann David Wyss

    “It appeared to them that we were in one of the strong castles of the ancient cavaliers, in which, when the drawbridge is raised, the inhabitants are secured from every attack of the enemy.”

    It says the strong castles of the ancient cavaliers but it is really their new house that they built in a large fig tree, and is like an old castle with a draw bridge.

  4. A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

    Q:does your book have a hyperbole?is so then quote out of the book what it is, and tell what a hyperbole is.

    A: “Poulterers’ and grocers’ trades became a splendid joke: a glorious pageant.”
    A hyperbole is something that makes it seen more of something that its not its an over exaggeration.

  5. Tarzan of the Apes

    what is a hyperbole and in what sentence in the book Tarzan can you find one?

    a hyperbole is an example of something that is over exaderated and unreal like i can eat a whole elephant by myself wich we know you cant do. and in Tarzan it says with unremitting zeal he had worked to beautifulthe interior of the cabin.

  6. I’m reading Othello by Julius Lester

    “Though Emily had lived a mere ten years more than the one whose cheeks flamed crimson with love, her quiet self-containment gave her the appearance of an elegant maturity the younger woman would not attain even in a century of decades.”

    Flamed crimson is a hyperbole because her cheeks didn’t really flame crimson.

    • So is the part where they say, “…would not attain (maturity) even in a century of decades” because that’s an exaggeration. Most people mature over time.

      Frankly, I think my choice is the better hyperbole, because it’s a more profound exaggeration. Just my opinion though.

  7. Around the world in 80 days Jules Aerne

    “The travelers crossed,beyond Milligaum, the fatal country so often stained with blood by the sectaries of the goddess Kali.”

    It says its stained with blood but it really isn’t it’s just describing the place. This is an example of a hyperbloe.

  8. Island Of The Blue Dolphin
    “Now my hopes are dead”
    This hyperbole means she feels like nothing good is going to happen to her.

  9. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

    “He was broad, bandy-legged little man with a walrus mustache, with square hands, puffed and muscled in the palms.”

    No one really has square hands and a walrus mustache.

  10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Hi-yi! You’re a stump , ain’t you!”

    Ben says this to Tom because he isn’t doing anything. When he says “You’re a stump” he was basically calling Tom lazy and that he needed to get off his butt and do something. This is one example of hyperbole. There is many more in my book.

  11. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

    Question: Give two hyperbole sentence and explain what the author meant.

    Answer: Her voice which had been so high and clear was hoarse and cracked, but to me it was the voice of an angel.

    “voice of an angel” is a hyperbole. Her voice isn’t really that of an angel, it just sounded that good to Corrie.

    The hateful blush that I could never control set my cheeks on fire.

    “set my cheeks on fire” is also a hyperbole. Her cheeks really aren’t on fire, their just red from her blushing and feeling excited.

    The literal meaning of a hyperbole is: N. A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton. yes, people still use hyperbole. For example: “He’s got tons of money”, “It is going to take a zillion years to get through Medical School”, “I have millions of other things to do”, and more. And the last question, I have no idea what it means. Try to make that last one more understandable.

  12. Emma by Jane Austen

    “He has more invitaitons than there are days of the week.”

    Even in the Victorian age (I think that’s the period in which my novel takes place), I don’t think people were invited to other people’s houses more than once a week. It’s a hyperbole because it’s rediculous that one guy would get invitations to go to other people’s house more than seven times in one week.

  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    “I cried enough to fill an ocean that night,” I said as I burried my face in my hands.
    Hyperbole is an extravegant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally. My character in my novel used this hyperbole because she was locked a room for where her uncle died all day long. She was frightened and she cried the whole time she was in the room, so they used this to express that she cried a lot that night. It changed the mood of this sene in the book to more gloomy than it was when she first was put in the room. Some people in the world may use this hyperbole but I havent heard many people say it. I have mostly heard people say it older books so I think it is more used in older times.

  14. My book is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Okay, so first explain the meaning of a hyperbole in your own words, and give a few examples. Then give an example of a hyperbole in your book.

    Hyperbole: like a metaphor, a hyperbole explains something, but in an EXTREME exaggeration.
    Examples would be: “That bag weighed a ton!”, or “I’ve told you a million times not to do that!”, or “Those runners ran as fast as lightening!” These are hyperboles because if someone carried a bag, it probably didn’t weigh a ton, and if you told someone not to do something and they did it anyway, chances are you didn’t tell them a MILLION times not to do it.(:
    An example from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sit Arthur Conan Doyle of a hyperbole would be:

    “A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six inches in height,with a chest and limbs of a Hercules.” the Hercules part would be an example of a hyperbole.

  15. Roots by Alex Haley
    “It was so hot in the lush savanna country of the Gambia that after a days work no one could see in the sun light.”
    This is a hyperbole because unless you are blind you can see in the sun light.

  16. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

    “This is no fly-by-night cheap clint-joint but a sturdy, virtuous club.”

    Fly-by-night is the hyperbole and it means not lasting or reliable. In the sentence it means that it isn’t some dirty poorly managed club but a very good one.

  17. The Call of The Wild by Jack London

    Q: Does you book have a hyperbole? If so give and example of one from your book.

    A: Yes my book does have a hyperbole. In the book Perrault(one of the sled drivers) said “Hes a devil dog” becuase hes always fighting. the Author used a hyperbole by saying that hes like a devil dog instead of saying hes a trouble maker or a bad dog.

  18. Where the Red Fern Grows.
    Wilson Rawls.

    “They seemed to be blinded by the light and kept blinking their eyes.”

    It says they seemed blinded by the light but they really aren’t, he is just astonished and amazed. This is an example of a hyperbole.

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