The Glass Castle

Figurative Language/ Reader Understand

What figurative language is used in the following quote: "The blue water sparkled and churned white with foam. By the time the free swim was over, my fingers and toes were completely wrinkled, and my eyes were red and stinging from the chlorine, which was so strong it wafted up from the pool in a vapor you could practically see.” (pg. 192)? How does the language help the reader understand what Jeannette is feeling?

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Figurative language helps the writer create a picture the minds of their readers. This section is full of adjectives with a hint of metaphor. Although the chlorine was harsh, the imagery gives a sense of magic about her experience at the pool.