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mystique-123 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 10, 2010 at 2:33 AM via web

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How does Freeman reveal Mother's character through description and figurative language in the story "The Revolt of Mother"?

In the scene where the mother takes over the new barn as hew new house. She also stands up to the minister when he questions her about it. In these scenes, how does Freeman reveal the Mother's character through the descrition and figurative language?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 23, 2013 at 3:09 AM (Answer #2)

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A simile is used to describe Mother.

Figurative language is a comparison.  Figurative language is used to describe Mother’s newfound strength.  When the minister comes, she holds her ground.  She continues her work shelling peas with a “saintly expression” and does not invite him in.  Her handling of the pease is described figuratively.

She handled the pease as if they were bullets.

By comparing the peas to bullets, Freeman is making a simile.  A simile compares two unlike things by saying they are like each other.  The mother handles the peas like bullets because she is tough and strong.  She is ready to stand up to the minister and won’t take anything from anyone.

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