Exaggeration

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Jonathan B. Fabian
Andra Morrow
Literature
8 May 2013
The Exaggerations in Babe the Blue Ox
Exaggeration is a literary device used in many tall tales to add humor and to allow their writers to bring attention to a particular character trait that is important to the storyline. It can also be used to describe the setting and time a story takes place. In the story, Babe the Blue Ox, the author uses exaggeration many times to emphasize her characters and add humor to her story. While there are the stories of a giant ox that can perform these great feats, there are many types exaggerations in Babe the Blue Ox.

Babe the Blue Ox is about Paul Bunyan and his companion ox, Babe. Babe is described as measuring forty-two ax handles across the eyes and his coat being a fine deep blue. In this story, it tells of Babe’s adventures with Paul Bunyan and the logging camps. One of the major stories in this story is about Babe pulling out the crooks out of an eighteen mile long crooked road, something that a normal ox could not do.

In the story of Babe the Blue Ox, exaggeration is used to add humor to the story in many instances. It helps draw the story together so that it is not boring and slow-paced. Some of the exaggerations are also used to explain some natural parts of the land in America and Canada. For example, they explain why there are so many lakes in Michigan, because Babe and Paul Bunyan made them on their way back to America. It adds humor to the story and explains one of the natural parts of America.

One of the main exaggerations in the story is when Babe has to pull the crooks out of an eighteen-mile long road. There is already humor in the mere suggestion that anything or anyone could pull the crookedness out of a road. It also again explains why something natural changed, the road went from being severely crooked to being straight , thanks to a giant ox.

There are many other instances of exaggeration speckled throughout the story. Such as when Babe...
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