Similes and Metaphors in "A Separate Peace"?
What are some similes and metaphors in A Separate Peace?
The figurative language in the novel is rich. The similes and
metaphors start on page 1 and don't stop coming. Here are a few
that appear within the first 6 pages:
the "glossy new surface [of Devon] . . . made the school look
like a museum"
Gene though Devon "blinked out like a candle" when he left
Gene said that preserved along with the school "like stale air
in an unopened room" was the fear he had lived in at school
Gene described fear as an echo he felt
Sometimes at school, joy broke out "like Northern Lights across
Gene says the tree "loomed in my memory as a hughe lone spike .
. . forbidding as an artillery piece, high as the beanstalk."
When the novel's flashback begins, Knowles writes, "The tree was
tremendous, an irate, steely black steeple beside the river."
It is hard to find a page in the book that doesn't contain vivid
similes and metaphors.