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A Monster of a Metaphor

creating an extended metaphor with sentences that flow

 


Student Writer Instructions:

Now that you know what metaphors are, let’s have some fun with them! Did you know that metaphors can be stretched throughout an entire story? Listen to chapter 5 from The Grapes of Wrath and think about all of the ways that Steinbeck compares things to a mechanical monster. What are some ways that he made the tractor driver seem like a machine? What are some ways that he made the tractor seem alive like a real monster? Were there other ways that he made comparisons between people and the monster?

Here comes the real fun: use the buttons below to help write your own extended metaphor. First, find out what kind of character your story will have--Steinbeck used a farmer, so you can use anything but that. Next, click the button to find out what kind of qualities your character needs—to what will you be comparing your character? Finally, click the setting button to choose a location for your story. Can you think of other things to which you can add the qualities of button 2? Good luck!

 

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

         


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(Don't be shy about thinking up your own character metaphor, if you can't find one you like here.)


Where can your character and metaphor be in your description?

(Don't be shy about thinking up your own setting, if you can't find one you like here.)

 


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