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by Victor Hugo

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What examples of figurative language can be found in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables?

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Similes are very abundant in Victor Hugo's writing. A simile is a type of analogy made by comparing two things to show a relationship. Similes always contain the words like or as. One simile can be found when Hugo is explaining Monseigneur Bienvenu's, the Bishop of Digne's characterization. Hugo goes to great lengths to describe Bienvenu as the most humble and generous man of his profession. Hugo shows us just how many great "sums of money passed through his hands" as he both collected alms and then immediately gave them all away to those in need. Hugo further describes that no matter how much money Bienvenu received, "he never had any," for it was all given immediately away and further characterizes him with the simile explaining that to Bienvenu, "[money] was like water on a dry soil"; no matter how much water you poor on dry soil, it still remains dry; no matter how much...

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