A hyperbole is a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. The purpose of hyperbole is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point. Such sentences usually convey an action or sentiment that is generally not practically/ realistically possible or plausible but helps emphasize an emotion.

“I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

152 thoughts on “Hyperbole”

  1. What about in Margaret Atwood’s “Time capsule found on the dead planet”, when she writes: “If you had enough of it, it was said, you would be able to fly”. This is in reference to money. Is this hyperbole? Could it be any other literary device? Thanks.

  2. I have a mountain of homework that will take me a thousand years to finish.
    He crushed me with his bear like arms.
    I’ll die a thousand deaths before I let you kiss me.

  3. is “the world feels like it has poured all of its despair onto me” a simile, hyperbole, or personification?

    1. It would be more correct to say “I feel as if the world has poured all of its despair onto me.” Yes, I think that is hyperbole.

    2. and beating the brains out of—”
      “Chill,” I ordered. Honestly,
      is this a hyperbole

    1. No, because the definition of “Parched” is “dried, from heat”/”Thirsty”. To say you have a parched throat is to literally say your throat is dry because of the heat, or you are thirsty.

      1. I don’t think so. Dead people are really pale, and I used to be that pale. My sister is that deathly pale.

    1. Hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration. Her love makes me strong may be a fact, but it’s not necessarily an obvious exaggeration. Her love makes me swim oceans, climb Everest, and jump to the moon, is a hyperbole.

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