Capturing Childrens Imagination Through the Use of Imagery and Figurative Language in Oranges by Gary Soto and You Need to Go Upstairs by Rumer Godden

Gary Soto, the author of “Oranges,” and Rumer Godden, the author of “You Need

to Go Upstairs,” both use figurative language to capture a child’s voice and a reader’s


These authors use imagery to capture a reader’s imagination. For example, the author of oranges says, “Porch light burned yellow. Night and Day, in any weather.” This really paints a picture in the readers mind. The author could just say the light was always on, but instead he chooses to be more descriptive, which really fuels a reader’s imagination. Also, this makes a movie pop into the readers head, which all writers strive to do. In addition, Rumer Godden says, “The feel of the grass is good; when you press it down and lift your hand the blades spring up again at once as strong as ever; they will not be kept lying down”(Godden, 1). This is one of many examples of imagery used in this short story. The reader can feel the sharp grass because this sentence is so descriptive. The story is more enjoyable because this grasps the reader’s imagination.

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In order to capture a child’s voice, these authors use diction, which is a type of figurative language. For example, the author of “You Need to Go Upstairs” says, are warm; you are warm and you pick up your knitting because you can knit; with your finger you follow the wool along the big wooden pins and you say, ‘Knit one-knit another” (Gooden, 1). The author uses “big” to describe the knitting pins. This reflects a child because it shows the depth of their vocabulary. A child would use a simple word like “big” as opposed to a more descriptive word like “gigantic” because “gigantic” is probably not in the vocabulary of a young child. These two stories both show how figurative language is effective in capturing a child’s voice and a reader’s imagination.

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