Read the excerpt from The Land. I shrugged, as if that was the best I could do for him. "I figure I lose my job, I can get along
on that for a while 'til I find another one. Can't do it for less." Mister Ray Sutcliffe from Alabama did not look pleased. "All right. All right. I'm going to pay you what you asking, this four times a rider's wages—but only if you win, you hear? You lose, boy, and you get nothing." This dialogue advances the plot of the story by showing that Paul is going to win the race. is going to lose his job. will participate in the race. will earn money from Sutcliffe.
Well for one, characterisation is how a writer chooses to reveal a characters personality in a story, through things like physical appearance (shiny hair, blue eyes, nice smile, ect.) and through virtues and faults (brave, attentive, smart - egotistical, bitter, evil.)
Figurative language is basically how you'd describe said chracterisations, through things like personification, hyperbole, metaphors, similes, ect.
So with that being said, figurative language can help characterise a monster by doing more than just saying it's a monster; figurative language can make it /feel/ like a monster to the reader. Figurative language can turn the monster '3-D' (for lack of better words), by saying it has long claws, stinky breath, vicious fangs, a horrifying growl, ect.
My favourite example of figurative language is actually in the childrens book "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, because it uses simple figurative language. Maurice Sendak describes the wild things as so: "They roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.'
The begins with Bradstreet talking about her suffering. Her skin feels like it is
burning, she is sweating like crazy, she is pretty much filled with lots ofpain, and her head hurts. She is afraid that God is
displeased with her because she can no longer find evidence of his