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In the quote, "The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnacles off the ship of...

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maggie001 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 3, 2008 at 11:57 PM via web

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In the quote, "The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnacles off the ship of state", what literary device is used?

I don't understand why these statements are significant?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 4, 2008 at 1:20 AM (Answer #1)

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This quote is a metaphor. A metaphor compares two unlike things. In this case the barnacles probably represent something old, something or someone who has been clinging to the "ship" or "the state" for a long time. Here the governor is being compared to a captain of a ship, a leader, who must make decisions about who is on board.

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