What is the meaning of a literary device present in Chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is an example of a metaphor.

[As] I inched sluggishly along the treadmill of the Maycomb County school system, I could not help receiving the impression that I was being cheated out of something. (ch 4)

A metaphor is a figure of speech comparing unlike things.  In this case, Scout is comparing her progress in school to “inching” along on a treadmill.  A treadmill is a machine where you walk and go nowhere, and Scout feels as if she is getting nowhere in school.

Metaphors are used to create images in a reader’s mind.  In this case, the metaphor makes it clear that Scout is suffering through endless boredom and not accomplishing much. We feel her pain and laugh all at once.

 

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jennachapman | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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lol, i had the same question, found some answers:

"The tire bumped on gravel, skeetered... and popped me like a cork onto pavement."--Scout's description of her tire ride onto the Radley property. (Similie)

"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screeneed porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat;it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape." (Metaphor)

These are both in ch. 4. hope these help, Jason!!!

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