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In "Stealing" by Carol Ann Duffy, how does Duffy describe life without purpose? What are some of the main techniques that Carol Anne Duffy uses to present the idea of "a life without purpose"?

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The snowman is a metaphor .  There is really no reason to steal a snowman.  A snowman is a ridiculous thing to steal, and it also represents the whimsy of childhood.  By using the metaphor of the snowman, Duffy reinforces the idea of “sometimes I steal things I don't need”...

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The snowman is a metaphor.  There is really no reason to steal a snowman.  A snowman is a ridiculous thing to steal, and it also represents the whimsy of childhood.  By using the metaphor of the snowman, Duffy reinforces the idea of “sometimes I steal things I don't need” that pervades our society’s sense of hopelessness.

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