Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which the author uses intentional exaggeration or overstatement.
- If you want your steak very rare, you'd be using hyperbole if you asked the waitress to bring you "a T'bone that's still mooing."
- If you spend a long day at the beach with no sunblock, your mother might take a look at you and exclaim, "You're totally fried!"
- If you wreck your dad's car, you might say you'd "rather swallow a pound of nails than tell him what happened."
What are some other ways you could express these three thoughts using hyperbole intentional exaggeration?
We are all subjected to hyperbole every day in the form of advertising and other appeals to get us to act in a certain way, or change our way of thinking.
- "Gun prohibitionists have declared a civil war on law-abiding firearms owners...It's a naked attempt to strip the next generation of the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution." (Marion P. Hammer, NRA President)
- "The truth is, this relationship could last longer that most marriages...He hangs on your every word--he has excellent taste." (cat-food advertisement)
All these are examples of hyperbole. We come in contact with it everyday of our lives. So when we are writing books with dialect. It makes it all the more realistic when we use hyperbole in our novels, because it is a common way of making a point. Exaggeration is part of a normal conversation. So when we use it in our novels. It not only draws in the readers in but makes them relate to the characters. Hyperbole is an important part in literature. And by learning about it and other forms of literature as in similes, metaphors, flashbacks, foreshadowing, and etcetera. We are creating a true piece of literature. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!