Can somebody help me explain Roger's metaphorical expressions?1) The strongest branch is one that is able to withstand the winds of a hurricane. The weakest branches remain firm and unchanged and...

Can somebody help me explain Roger's metaphorical expressions?

1) The strongest branch is one that is able to withstand the winds of a hurricane. The weakest branches remain firm and unchanged and break in the wind.

2) Trough suffering comes wisdom.

3) A butterfly that is unable to flutter its wings cannot live.

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The strongest branch is one that is able to withstand the winds of a hurricane. The weakest branches remain firm and unchanged and break in the wind."  Roger is speaking about the ability for a person to handle turmoil in his life.  If a man can't withstand "the winds of a hurricane," meaning strife and conflict, then he will be considered weak and break.  Men must learn to bend with the loss of their dreams as he changed his feelings for Hetta.

"Through suffering comes wisdom."  This quote means exactly what it says.  Through our suffering, our mistakes, the bad things that happen to us, we learn how to cope with adversity.  He learned how to cope even though the woman he loved chose someone else, and his best friend took his one and only true love.

"A butterfly that is unable to flutter its wings cannot live." Once again we see the calm wisdom of Roger.  He is a true gentleman and a man who realizes that if a person can't chose for themselves, if they can't grow and become stronger, like a butterfly which strengthens their wings by fluttering them, they will die.  The death may be emotional death, it can also be a death of desire and achievement, but unless we work to become stronger we will die.

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