What is the difference between literal and figurative language used in "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing?my teacher told me that i had to tell of the literal and figurative language (the...

What is the difference between literal and figurative language used in "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing?

my teacher told me that i had to tell of the literal and figurative language (the different language ect) used but i don't know what she means??? HELP!!!

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Figurative language is language that is not literal.  It does not really mean what it says.  For example, when you say you are “starving” it is figurative.  It just means you are really hungry.  Usually the meaning can be literal and figurative.  For example, the tunnel is literally, there, but also represents fear and challenge.