What does this metaphor mean? " Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained."

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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If you remember that simile is a comparison of two unlike things using the words like or as , this quotation fits the term simile.  This cannot be a metaphor which never uses the words like or as.  The simile part is to take the word "it" out, put "horror" in and now it reads that horror is like a flower or like the sun because it cannot be contained and it is every day.  Horror is held in one hand and in your other hand is the other object of comparison--either flower and/or sun.  Since horror is almost the opposite of beautiful flowers or warming sunshine, this creates the simile of comparing two unlike things.  The meaning is also that the author believes that horror on Earth is real, happens every day, spreads like a flower does, and cannot be contained just like you cannot contain the sun. I hope this helps. http://www.enotes.com/literary-terms/simile


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