One example of a metaphor in Tangerine is when Paul says, “Of course, it wasn’t really a game. It was a war” in reference to the soccer game. Metaphors compare two things without using the words like or as. Metaphors can also be extended metaphors and compare two things over the course of an entire text, as the expert in the previous post explained. In this quote from Paul, soccer is being compared to war. The soccer team is even named the War Eagles.
Another metaphor is when Paul is at soccer practice and says, “I was in the far goal again. I may as well have been in Houston.” This metaphor is commenting on his distance from the rest of the team. The action is going on at the other end of the field and he is by himself in the far goal. He feels as distant as if he were still living in Houston.