Imagery- the use of figures of speech or vivid description in writing to produce mental pictures.

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"Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them. "
Throughout the course of the novel, Beah uses imagery to truely portray the emotions, trials, and horrors that he went through. From the gruesome details of the ravaged villages he traveled through, to his startlingly different trip to New York City. Without it, the emotions that the book brings up would be virually non-existent.