What is an example of a metaphor in Chapter 3 of The Pearl  by John Steinbeck?I'm doing a project on The Pearl for school and I have to find an example of a metaphor in Chapter 3 but I can't find...

What is an example of a metaphor in Chapter 3 of The Pearl  by John Steinbeck?

I'm doing a project on The Pearl for school and I have to find an example of a metaphor in Chapter 3 but I can't find one anywhere! I don't know if I just missed it or what, but if anyone knows a metaphor in Chapter 3, please tell me! Thanks!

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At the end of Chapter 2 of The Pearl, word has spread to other fishermen about Kino's discovery. When Chapter 3 begins, word has spread throughout the town as he's just reaching shore. Chapter 3 opens with a simile. A simile compares two different things using "like" or "as." A simile is a type of metaphor. 

A town is a thing like a colonial animal. A town has a nervous system and a head and shoulders and feet. A town is a thing separate from all other towns, so that there are no two towns alike. And a town has a whole emotion. 

Steinbeck describes the town as a living organism. When one part of it is affected, the other parts react. For some of Kino's neighbors, the pearl is a blessing and therefore (albeit mostly for selfish reasons) others (other parts of the town/organism) feel blessed. However, the pearl eventually becomes the object of everyone's dreams and Kino becomes the obstacle to those dreams. Therefore, many regard Kino as an enemy. A few paragraphs into Chapter 3, Steinbeck compares this influx of malicious thoughts to a scorpion bite. Except, in this case, the town poisons itself. 

The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the pressure of it. 

Just as Coyotito was bitten and became sick, the town (a living organism like Coyotito) is bitten by their own greedy infatuation with the pearl. They become sick with selfishness and hateful thoughts towards Kino and his family. The town is "like" a living thing and, in this case, they poison themselves by succumbing to their greed. 

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