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What are some metaphors in "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote?

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hahahaha29 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 16, 2010 at 7:21 AM via web

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What are some metaphors in "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Here are a few:

1.  "the fireplace commenced its seasonal roar" (this could also be an example of personification, but only if it is the roar of a person - I see it as the roar of an animal, perhaps a huge bear, and thus metaphor)

2. describing a hat, "a straw cartwheel corsaged with velvet roses"

3.  Dusk turns the window into a mirror

Remember that a metaphor is a comparison without using the words "like" or "as" (which would be a simile), so look for things that create a picture in your mind of something else, as in the case of the window. It is not a mirror, but at dusk, it looks like a mirror. Writing "dusk turns the window into a mirror" however, is a much more beautiful way of making the comparison.

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allie344 | TA | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM (Answer #2)

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Here are some examples of metaphors, the definition of which is stated above in the previous answer.

"A person my age shouldn't squander their eyes"

Obviously, a person cannot truly squander their eyes as one would squander money, but in this case Buddy's friend chooses to look through her eyes at other, more wholesome, things.

"The cost of stamps turned our purse inside out."

While a cost cannot literally reverse the wall of a purse, the cost of the stamps caused the buyer to spend all their money.

"A brief rope of dilapidated, undoubtedly dangerous candy like light bulbs"

In this case, the string of brightly colored Christmas lights is being compared to equally brightly colored sweets.

"We scrape together a nickel."

Again, the speaker is not physically scraping the floor for money but is just able to make enough money to equal a nickel.

"Plunging through the healthy waist-high grass"

And finally, a person can't truly plunge into grass as they would a liquid surface like water, but in this case they are "swimming" is a sea of grass.

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