Lemon Brown Figurative Language

Words: 464
Pages: 2

Stephen King once said, “You can’t, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” By using descriptive language, the author helps to help the reader understand the story better. In the short story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, the author uses dialogue and figurative language to develop the mood and the characters. The author uses dialogue to develop the characters in the story. First, Greg’s dad said, “And you want to play basketball?” The author puts basketball in italics to emphasize the fact that Greg’s dad doesn’t want him to play basketball. Which also helps the reader to infer that Greg’s dad is very disapproving of him. Also, Lemon Brown said, “ ‘Don’t try nothin’ ‘cause I got a razor here sharp …show more content…
First, the author uses personification, “Bits of paper danced between the parked cars.” The author uses personification to describe the mood and setting of Greg’s neighborhood. The reader can infer that Greg’s neighborhood is run down and kind of abandoned. Next, the author uses a simile, “His father’s words, like the distant thunder that now echoed through the streets of Harlem.” The personification used describes not only Greg’s father as mean but also the setting as empty. The reader can infer that Greg has heard the same thing many times and his dad is a very big, mean, and loud person. Lastly, the author uses a simile, “The voice was high and brittle like dry twigs being broken…” The simile used helps to describe the mood as eery and that Greg as a little scared. The reader can infer that Greg is scared but so is Lemon Brown. Walter Dean Myers uses figurative language and dialogue to develop the mood, and characters in the story “The Treasure Of Lemon Brown.” The reader understood the story better because Myers made us want to start the story using purposeful writing techniques. Though we didn’t know what the story was about, we started it and the author made us want to keep going. Stephen King once said, “You can’t, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you