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hyperbole |h īˈ p # rb # l ē |

exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

simile |ˈ sim # l ē |

a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid

Beowulf uses simile and hyperbole prolifically (it uses it a lot). This starts early in the story, especially with the description of Scyld. We can find similes by finding a comparison using “like” or “as” (i.e. “Mr. Ankeny ran like a cheetah.”). We can find hyperbole when something sounds so incredible it probably isn’t true (i.e. “Mr. Ankeny was so strong he lifted the portable.”). In a folk epic, this happens a lot. The characters are larger than life. This makes the writing more vivid and interesting, and it is something we should imitate in our own writing.

and it is something we should imitate in our own writing. PART 1 (3 pts): From

PART 1 (3 pts): From the adjacent paragraph, find 3 similes and 3 uses of hyperbole.

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PART 2 (3 pts.):

Now, convert the following non-exaggerated paragraph into an “epic” one. On a separate sheet of paper, rewrite the paragraph using at least 3 similes and 4 cases of hyperbole. Make the paragraph larger than life.

John was a tall boy. He had muscles. When he was hungry, he would eat a lot of food and drink a lot of Gatorade. He was a good athlete. He played football and was the best player. Some people respected him as a leader. Once, he won a game by making an important touchdown. The crowd clapped. Everyone celebrated John’s accomplishment. John was a hero.

PART 3 (4 pts.): Finally, create an exaggerated description of yourself. Choose things that you are good at and exaggerate them using similes and metaphors. Make yourself larger than life. This should be a full paragraph, 6-8 sentences long.

STAPLE YOUR SEPARATE SHEET WITH PART 2 and PART 3 TO THIS PAPER.