I need 3 examples of metaphors from Lord of the Flies.

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Posted on (Answer #1)

Remember, a metaphor is a form of figurative language that asserts a direct comparison between two objects without using the words "like" or "as".

How about some of these for examples of metaphors:

"The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick..."

Also metaphors can be implied, where an object is called something else that implies a comparison. An implied metaphor is used to describe the choir boys in Chapter 1:

"Then the creature stepped from mirage on to clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing."

"Creature" is an implied metaphor that compares the line of boys to some kind of snake moving on the sand.

There are two examples for you - the book is full of others, so hopefully with these two you will be able to find a third without too many problems.


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Posted on (Answer #2)

A metaphor refers to a comparison made between two objects that are unlike. In this book, there are several metaphors some of which include:

a. “Fat lot of good we are,” said Ralph. “Three blind mice.” Ralph said this in reference to himself, Piggy and Simon after Jack disregarded his leadership in front of everybody. He was cowardly and did not stand up and challenge Jack or Jack’s ideas. He doubted himself and wanted to step down from the role of leader. Besides, neither he, Simon or Piggy knew for certain about the existence of ghosts hence Ralph’s statement, three blind mice.

b. “The smoke was a tight little knot on the horizon and was uncoiling slowly.” The smoke from the ship is likened to a tight knot because that is how the boys perceived it based on the distance from the shore to the ship.

c. “The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick, endless apparently…” This is found in the first chapter and is used to describe the length and color of the beach between the water and the palm trees. The beach is so long that from Ralph’s viewpoint, its appearance resembled that of a thin stick because of the contrast created by the water and the palm terrace.


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