-"...greets the platoon with applause as it steams into view" (210). Example of personification because it makes the platoon take on qualities that it doesn't accomplish in reality.
-"...drops his emblem on the red-painted cement of the barracks floor" (209). Example of imagery because the author uses good description to paint a picture in your head.
-"...like a suburban mall parking lot" (208). An example of a simile because the parade ground is compared to a shopping parking lot, by using the word like.
In this portion of the book, the recruits are one week away from graduating as Marines. They can sense their achievement, and can also sense a change in themselves. I'm relating this to the movie the Lion King.
In the Lion King, Simba is cast out of the Pride Lands and wanders into a far away oasis. There he meets Timon and Pumbaa, who will change Simba's attitude on life. Simba was exiled because he was falsely accused of his father's death. His Uncle Scar was the real criminal who planned to kill Mufasa just to become King. In the oasis, Simba adopts a new life style of "Hakuna Matata" aka no worries. But once his childhood friend Nala finds him, his outlook on his life changes completely. Now he knows that he has changed and grown up, and knows that he must return to Pride Rock and reclaim his rule over the Pride Lands. I don't want to ruin the plot (even though everyone has seen it...) so I'll stop there.
I found this to be a clever connection between the two forms of media. Recognition of success and change is an important tool, as seen in the Lion King and my book.