Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

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In Gathering Blue, what is an example of a simile and a metaphor? Also, what is the theme of the book?

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In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, one simile that is contained in chapter one is when Kira tells Matt she has watched her mother's spirit leave her body. She says:

"My mother's spirit has gone," she acknowledged. "I watched it leave her body. It was like mist. It drifted away."

This simile compares the image of Kira's mother's spirit to a mist. It gives readers a visual idea of what a spirit looks like.

Another simile occurs on page 22 of the edition of the book I'm using. Here it is: "Her stick thumped on the wooden floor, and the foot of her flawed leg brushed the boards with a sweeping...

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The theme of Gathering Blue is that persons with disabilities have value to a society.  In the story the main character is a young girl who has a damaged foot that drags behind her body and causes her pain.  However, she has been born with a gift of being able to weave.  If it were not for this gift, she would have been put into a place to wait for death to come in the supposed form of forest beasts.  However, in reality there are no beasts but a society of other people who sneak into the area and take the people to their home where they can live free of fear of having a disfigurement or disability or even old age.

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