Writers use figurative language such as imagery, similes, and metaphors to help the reader visualize and experience events and emotions in a story. Imagery—a word or phrase that refers to sensory experience (sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste)—helps create a physical experience for the reader and adds immediacy to literary language. Imagery can also project emotion, enabling the author to imply a mood without disrupting the narrative to
inform the reader of a character’s emotional state.
Examine the symbol of a hog as it is used in the novel
The defense attorney compares Jefferson to a hog by saying, “Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this” (p. 8). Have students write a few paragraphs on why that image backfired as a defense argument. What was the attorney’s purpose in using that characterization? Why did the remark affect Miss Emma, Tante Lou, and Jefferson so deeply? Even though Jefferson suggests it, why won’t Miss Emma bring him corn to eat?
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