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figurative language

  • "large stone hall" imagery of a cold, dark and enclosed place like a prison which creates a sense of isolation
  • "employing themselves" metaphor for how they work hard for little in return
  • "wild with hunger" metaphor- description of how desprate for food they are, connotes animal behaviour, dehumanising them


  • colloqualism mentions how a boy was so hungrey he felt he could "eat the boy who slept next to him"
  • emotive language to make the reader feel sorry for them "desprate with hunger, and reckless with misery"
  • hyperbole (exageration for comic effect) "turned


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