Supernatural Extraordinary Occurrence

{DxM VII}

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A hyperbole is a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. The purpose of hyperbole is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point. Such sentences usually convey an action or sentiment that is generally not practically/realistically possible or plausible but helps emphasize an emotion.

In life, we actually spout out exaggerations and hyperboles without even knowing.

Other Examples: “I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

Reference: http://literary-devices.com/content/hyperbole

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A Merry Cold Christmas

{DxM VI}

This was actually the funniest part of Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun for me.

For some backstory, Shizuku was assigned to pass some notes to Haru, who had been expelled from school due to his involvement in a fight. As they meet for the first time, Shizuku is startled by Haru’s atypical behaviour.

The next day, the teacher pleads Shizuku to convince Haru to come back to school. After much discussion, the teachers have understood that Haru was not entirely at fault, but they are also too fearful of Haru, who may take out his anger on them. However, Shizuku is also not keen on meeting Haru, and as a result, she refuses to do it.

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The literary device used here is a metaphor. Here, the teacher is attributing the characteristic of a blizzard to Shizuku, implying that she is a very cold person. Of course, it does not mean it literally, but that her personality is unfriendly and unsympathetic to the teacher’s plight.

Although it is not directly spoken out, the intended meaning is clearly brought out and understood, allowing the humour to be fluently conveyed.

Other Metaphor Posts: Bird in a Cage

If you have noticed, metaphors and allegories are quite similar in meaning. Both literary devices link two different objects together. However, there is actually a stark difference between the two. Metaphors compare two tangible objects and draw a similar characteristic. On the other hand, allegories attempt to describe and explain an abstract or intangible entity, using a common and easily understandable concept.

Allegory Posts: Position & Status

Anyways, I have been watching quite a number of anime recently and there are a huge pile of screencaps with various literary devices, so if it is a repeated one and I don’t have much to talk about it, I’ll most probably just add it to the ‘Literary Devices’ page. That will be more types of literary devices coming soon!

On a side note, Merry Christmas! ^^

Tarzan (The Monkey Man)

{DxM V}

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Being raised in the jungle, Tarzan has adapted to his surrounding to evolve into an extraordinary human. His physical abilities, including strength, agility and endurance, are far better than normal people.

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Here, Sasayan asks Haru whether he is secretly Tarzan. Of course, Sasayan is not a baka and understands the physical differences in attributes between Haru and Tarzan. I mean, do they look similar to you at all?

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Instead, Sasayan was trying to say that Haru’s ability to catch fish was comparable to that of Tarzan’s. He was using an allusion, which is a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.

Other Examples of Allusions:

  • Sweets are her Achilles’ Heel.
  • Stop lying, or else you’ll become Pinocchio!
  • This place is like Garden of Eden.

However, I feel that this allusion was not the most appropriate and effective. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Tarzan are jungle mobility skills. Thus, we would associate him with climbing trees or swinging around using vines. Indeed, Tarzan possess forest survival skills and agility, which would allow him to catch fishes. However, such scenes are surprisingly portrayed very rarely in shows and comics.

Nonetheless, Tarzan is a very well-known character among all ages, which is a very essential trait for an allusion. It provides a slightly comedic atmosphere to the scene. But if people do not recognise the reference, it is as good as nothing.

Strong & Beautiful

{DxM IV}

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The literary device used here is a simile. The difference between a simile and a metaphor, is that similes represent a similarity between two entities, while metaphors signifies a direct relationship. Similes are often characterised by the terms ‘like’ or ‘as fast as’…

For the simile used here, ‘obsidian dagger’ can be categorised into two parts: obsidian which is shiny and beautiful; dagger which is sharp and strong. Therefore, an obsidian dagger would be ‘strong and beautiful’.

Bird in a Cage

{DxM III}

For context, Lenessia is the princess of the Eastal region, and has stayed in the castle for most of her life. As a result, she was quite ignorant about the happenings of the world. After meeting adventures, she realised that she did not know many of their customs, and could not understand some of their behaviours. And so, Lenessia uses a metaphor to describe herself.

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Metaphors utilises a comparison of two unlike elements and drawing out a similar trait that both entities possess. In this example, Lenessia is comparing herself to a ‘bird in a cage‘. I am pretty sure everyone is able to visualise this image and understand its meaning. However, there are many aspects to this idiom, and so, let’s break down this phrase. Of course, we’ll only focus on birds that fly in the sky.

1) Caging a bird limits the value of its life. One major characteristic of birds is their wings, which give them the ability to fly. Flying is the main form of transportation for birds. By enclosing them, their ability to fly is restricted. For humans, walking is fundamental to reaching any destination. If our ability to walk is removed, we are unable to do almost anything, which in turn, diminishes the value of our existence. Going by the same logic, a caged bird is as worthless as a pretty decoration, because it is unable to do what it is supposed to do – to fly.

2) Caging a bird limits its freedom of movement and lifestyle. Birds have the ability to fly freely in the sky. But when trapped, they would become unable to do this. Their freedom to move freely is hence, forcefully taken away from them. Caged birds are also unable to eat and drink whenever they want to. Thus, they are deprived of the freedom to lead their own lives.

3) Caging a bird limits its knowledge and exposure to the world. Similar to Lenessia’s case, a caged bird will only be able to see the things occurring in its immediate surrounding, even though events are happening throughout the entire world. This is compared to a free bird, which is able to get a constant update of situation in a much larger area. As a result, a caged bird would be more ignorant than a free bird.

Another metaphor for Lenessia would be a ‘frog in a well‘. Similarly, the frog is only able to view a small circle of the sky only, and has no space to move around. However, this idiom is not as appropriate because the princess is a much respected and acknowledged figure to the People of the Land. The frog in a well gives the impression that the frog is in a very obscure place, and not seen by many people.

Other examples of Metaphors: “Henry was a lion on the battlefield”. This sentence suggests that Henry fought so valiantly and bravely that he embodied all the personality traits we attribute to the ferocious animal. This sentence implies immediately that Henry was courageous and fearless, much like the King of the Jungle.

Reference: http://literary-devices.com/content/metaphor