Here are some more examples of figurative language:
The Scarlet Letter
Metaphor - Often Hawthorne compares happenings and objects to abstract qualities.
- In Chapter 1, the symbolic rosebush at the prison door is compared to "a token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him [the prisoner who enters]."
Roger Chillingworth is compared to a fiend and calls himself this. In Chapter 10, he rejoices in his discovery of what is on the chest of the Reverend Dimmesdale and is compared to Satan:
Had a man seen old Roger Chillinworth, at that moment of his ectasy, he would have no need to ask how Satan comports himself when a precious human soul is lost to heaven.
- Called "an imp" and "a sprite," n Chapter 8 Pearl is likened to a bird by Rev. Mr. Wilson, "What little bird of scarlet plumage may this be?"
- Governor Billingham calls Hester's scarlet letter a "badge of shame."
- Hester declares that Pearl is her "torture." "See ye not....she is the scarlet letter, only capable of being loved,.."
- In Chapter 10,...
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