“A friend of mine once lived in a house situated atop a hill, with massive gold pillars in the entryway. The house was so big the entire city could live in it! The house must've cost an arm and a leg.”
ANSWER: The example above reveals imagery as well as hyperbole.
Imagery=The author’s use of vivid, descriptive language.
So think to yourself —> “can i visualize what the writer is writing? Would I be able to draw a picture of this scene?” If so, they are using imagery!
EXAMPLES OF IMAGERY IN EXAMPLE= “house atop a hill”, “massive gold pillars” “so big the entire city could live in it” (All help help you visualize the appearance of the house.)
Hyperbole=Over-exaggerated or dramatic statements that aren’t literal.
So think to yourself —>“Is the figurative expression something that actually happens?” “What is the author actually trying to expresser emphasize?”
EXAMPLE OF HYPERBOLE IN EXAMPLE= “So big the entire city could live in it” (dramatically expressing how big a house is. Of course, an entire city’s population wouldn’t be able to fit within one house, but it is emphasized how large the home is.)