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In "Trifles", what are the different types of figurative language used?

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dajerno | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 30, 2009 at 2:57 AM via web

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In "Trifles", what are the different types of figurative language used?

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dalepowell1962 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted August 30, 2009 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Like most plays, Trifles depends on its dialogue and that does not always leave a lot of room for figurative language.  Most examples of figurative language show up in the the descriptions by the characters as similes- using things descriptions with like and as.  "Minnie Foster was like a bird" is one simile that is used.  One example of metaphor that is stated is the statement that John Wright "killed" Minnie Foster's (Mrs. Wright's) singing.  Also Mrs. Peters is asked if she ever thought of herself as being "married to the law'--this also would be a metaphor.

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