To Kill a Mockingbird Figurative Language and Vocabulary Ch. 1-7

“‘I’m just trying to tell you the new way they’re teachin’ the first grade, stubborn. It’s the Dewey Decimal System.'” (Ch. 2) malapropism
“‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'” (Ch. 3) aphorism
“He sounded fishy to me. Nobody in Maycomb just went for a walk.” (Ch. 6) idiom
Jem to Scout: “‘I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!'” (Ch. 6) irony
“…if I didn’t shut up he’d pull every hair out of my head.” (Ch. 11) hyperbole
“Molasses buckets appeared from nowhere, and the ceiling danced with metallic light.” (Ch. 2) personification
“His voice was like the winter wind.” (Ch. 10) simile
“The air was so cold and clear we heard the courthouse clock clank, rattle and strain before it struck the hour.” (Ch. 8) onomatopoeia
“‘…Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time.'” (Ch. 10) metonymy
“‘Yawl hush,’ growled Jem, ‘you act like you believe in Hot Steams.'” (Ch. 4) colloquialism
“‘Give you a hand up,’ he muttered to Dill.” (Ch. 6) synecdoche
“‘Can’t everybody play a Jew’s Harp.'” (Ch. 10) litotes
“‘He’s gonna make me some invisible ink, and I’m gonna write to Dill in it.'” (Ch. 9) oxymoron
“Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change…” (Ch. 8) allusion
“…I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life.” (Ch. 9) metaphor
assuage to make something unpleasant less severe
chattels slaves, personal property
dictum A formal or authoritative statement
imprudent not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash
covey small group
entailment a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property, in TKAM the Cunninghams have land they cannot sell
flinty (adjective) unfeeling; stern; showing lack of emotion
disapprobation strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds
I declare if I will Slang for “I won’t”
quelling subdue, calm, suppress
edify to instruct morally and spiritually
cleaved stuck -or- split, sever

You Might Also Like