What are some examples of figurative language in The Road by Cormac McCarthy?

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Figurative language is anything that extends beyond strictly literal uses of words. This encompasses literary devices such as simile, metaphor, personification, and idioms, but is not limited to these examples. Language like this appears in many of the descriptions of places and characters, the memories that are explored, and in dialogue.

For instance, The Man is exploring a new place, and he lights a piece of paper to see how far the darkness below him extends.

The small wad of burning paper drew down to a wisp of flame and then died out leaving a faint pattern for just a moment in the incandescence like the shape of a flower, a molten rose.

This is an example of simile: the paper is not a molten rose, so the language isn't literal, but to the Man, it is like a rose. A reader can find examples of similes throughout the book:

After a while they heard the truck begin to roll. Lumbering and creaking like a ship.

Again, this comparison between the truck and a ship is not meant to be literal.


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